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Plastic firms expand sinkware adding functions, finishes, sizes.

CHICAGO-Plastic suppliers are expanding their sinkware offerings with drainers that offer combined functions, adjustable sizing and new fashion finishes.

At this week's International Housewares Show, Rubbermaid introduces a coated wire drainer that coordinates with contemporary countertops while Tucker Housewares highlights a dish rack system that adjusts to size. Kaminstein Imports enters the category with a combination in-sink dish drainer and cutting board.

Other plastic resources put the mess hall in order with inventive kitchen organizers. New offerings include easy-dispensing paper towel holders, coffee filter holders and bag sealers.

Jokari offers Jiff-V-Sealer, an air-tight bag sealer that could replace twist ties and plastic tabs. The product seals by twisting the bag, Pushing it through a slot in the white plastic unit and pulling it through the bottom.

Jiff-V-Sealer can be mounted on a cabinet door or sit on the countertop. Over 200 seals come with the product; refill packages are sold. Currently shipping, suggested retail is $8.99 to $9.99.

Kaminstein Imports unveils Kitchen Helper - an in-sink dish drainer with cutting board - under its upscale CasaBella label. The white unit, constructed of plastic and ABS, fits into most sinks. Suggested retail price is $12.99.

KitchenArt showcases its Shelf 'n Store Cabinet Organizer. The tri-level non-skid shelves allow easY viewing of contents. Features of the white polystyrene shelf include a removable drawer suited for storage of seasoning packets, gelatin boxes and more. Currently available, the suggested retail is $14.97.

Perfection Products pops out paper towels with its newest storage and dispenser product. Pop-A-Towel is both an under-the-counter and stand-alone paper towel holder.

The product mounts on a door or wall by screwing a mounting bracket in place, or die entire holder can slide off the bracket to stand alone. Pop-A-Towel accommodates regular and mega paper towel rolls and is offered in white, almond or clear. Currently available, price points range from 4 to $7.

Progressive International introduces a single-sheet towel dispenser. The dispenser features a mechanism that releases a single paper towel with a one-handed pull and springs back for next use. The product mounts on a wall or under a cabinet. Suited for home, boat or recreational vehicle use, the dispenser is suggested at $14.99.

Also in storage, Progressive shows The Filter File, a plastic filter pocket that mounts to the wall or cabinet. The compact size file stores up to 100 coffee filters. Suggested retail is $4.99.

Rubbermaid updates sinkware with its new Contours Collection. The six new items accommodate changing needs in the kitchen and add innovative design and color. New products range from $4.99 to $14.99 and begin shipping in the second quarter.

A new crisply styled wire drainer holds more plates and glassware than Rubbermaid's same-sized existing wire drainer. The exclusive granite-look coating blends with contemporary kitchen countertops and floors. An integrated silverware cup runs the width of the drainer.

Another all-plastic drainer, featuring a unique wavy-wall design, holds glassware within for added security. Dinner and salad plates face different directions to efficiently use space. The large, open silverware cup also is offered with this model.

Rubbermaid's new drainer tray complements the wire and plastic drainers. The tray offers a generous size and sloped surface that effectively drains water, even over sinks with raised edges. The high rim helps prevent dishes from accidentally tally slipping in the sink.

The collection also includes a protector mat. The updated version of the traditional rubber sink mat helps protect glassware and dishes from breakage. The mat's pliable plastic construction will not float; the center hole provides access to the drain and garbage disposal.

Sized to fit inside full sinks, Rubbermaid's new dishpan is suited for washing large-sized items. The handled pan can be carried from room to room for other tasks.

Completing the Contours Collection is a gadget organizer designed for small, narrow drawers found in many kitchens. The two-tiered tray maximizes storage space for gadgets and utensils. The top tray slides to hold small items such as bottle caps and twist ties.

Tucker introduces two dish rack systems. The All In One dish rack adjusts to hold different sized pots and pans with an easy-slide, removable plate holder.

Another system - targeted to users with small kitchens - is a flat-ridged mat with draining slots that fit over the sink. Both dish racks, priced about $5, will be offered in hunter green, Navajo white and periwinkle blue.
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Author:Frinton, Sandra
Publication:HFN The Weekly Newspaper for the Home Furnishing Network
Date:Jan 16, 1995
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