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Sous Vide Pot Promises to Save Time, Energy, and Money | Digital …

Sous vide cooking caught on quickly because it’s simple and predictable. What cook doesn’t like meals that turn out as expected every time, as long as you follow a few simple instructions? Tuxton Home just launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for what the brand calls the “world’s first sous vide pot” to make the cooking method even easier and faster.

To cook sous vide you seal meat, seafood, eggs, or veggies in a vacuum-sealed plastic bag. You then clip the sealed bag inside a large pot of water, and put a single-purpose sous-vide cooker in the water, with the heating element down and the control end above the rim of the pot.  Adjust the device time and temperature to the correct settings and you’re done. Smartphone and smart-home savvy sous vide cookers let you control and monitor the cooking progress remotely.

Some sous vide devices resemble slow cookers, but most professional and higher-priced home versions look somewhat like a lightsaber hand grip. The lightsaber-style sous vide cookers work with the Sous Vide Pot — and we have collected a few models and manufacturers below.

Tuxton Home’s Sous Vide Pot, available for pre-order on the company’s website and on Kickstarter, does not include an actual sous vide cooker. What you buy is a 9.8 quart, triple-ply stainless steel pot with a clear, tempered-glass lid. The lid has a silicone rim to seal against water evaporation and a 2.4-inch sous vide cooker adapter hole with a removable stopper.

If you leave the adapter hole stopper in place, you can use the Sous Vide Pot as a regular cooking pot with an extra perk — you can remove the stopper momentarily to taste stews or sauces without removing the whole lid.

According to Tuxton Home, the Sous Vide Pot’s adapter hole is compatible with a range of sous vide cookers  including the Chefman Sous Vide Precision Cooker, Strata Home by Monoprice, InstantPot Accu SV800, Anova Precision Cooker, My Sous Vide My-101, PrimoEats Sous Vide, and cookers from Gramercy Kitchen Co., GM Kitchen Essentials, Slaiya, and BlinBling.

Tuxton Home claims cooking with the Sous Vide Pot and one of the supported cookers saves time, money, and energy. The Kickstarter page lists specific savings with the Sous Vide Pot compared to open pots and to pots covered with cling wrap and aluminum foil. The company claims that on average, you’ll save 11 minutes when you use the pot to cook sous vide.

As with all crowdfunded campaigns, pre-ordering products comes with a degree of risk. In this case, though, Tuxton Home is an existing company with other products on the market. The Sous Vide Pot delivery schedule is set for April and May 2018 so the wait to receive the product shouldn’t be too long. There are also special Kickstarter deals for multiple product purchases and for accessories for the first orders.




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People Are Comparing This $50 Dutch Oven to Le Creuset

Home chefs dreams of the day they’ll be able to stock their kitchen with Le Creuset’s Signature Cast-Iron Dutch Oven. But they also know that purchasing the gourmet cookware comes at a price — about $370, if we want to get technical.

For those of you who aren’t quite ready to make such a pricey purchase, we have a solution. It seems Amazon reviewers are OBSESSED with Lodge’s Enameled Cast-Iron Dutch Oven. Not only does it look like Le Creuset, but it’s much cheaper at just $50 a pop.


BUY NOW: Lodge Enameled Cast-Iron Dutch Oven, 6-Quart, $50, amazon.com

The top-rated cast-iron Dutch oven has everything you’ve admired in a Le Creuset. It comes in 3-, 4.5-, 6-, and 7.5-quart options with a chip-resistant, porcelain-enamel finish. The ombre detail is also comparable, as is the rainbow of color offerings. But, what really got us excited is that reviewers say it cooks just as well as a Le Creuset, for nearly one-sixth of the price.

“There is absolutely NO difference in the performance of this pan,” one reviewer wrote. “In fact, it comes with the metal knob (I had to buy one for my Le Creuset). It’s fantastic! Super heavy, white interior, no chips, no flaws in the enamel, and the lid fits perfectly. The sides of the pot slope slightly toward the bottom (unlike the other two pots, which have straight sides) which I find I prefer. The red of this pot very closely matches the red of my Le Creuset pot.”

Another reviewer pointed out even more near-identical features:

“It has the same self-basting lid as Le Creuset’s revolutionary design,” said the reviewer. “It’s also easy to clean because the enamel just needs some soaking in hot water and gentle scrubbing with a non-abrasive cleaning pad.”

If you need more convincing, the experts over at the Good Housekeeping Institute’s Kitchen Appliances Lab are big fans of Lodge’s Dutch oven too. When our pros tested the category a few years back, it was their runner-up. They loved how well it cooked on both gas and electric ranges, and said it was simple to clean after use.

Betty Gold, a senior editor and product analyst in the Lab, says every home chef should be in the market for a cast-iron Dutch oven: “Cast iron is amazing for heat retention — it gets hot and stays hot,” she says. “Cast-iron Dutch ovens can be used to sear on the stovetop and then you can add the lid and finish your stew or braise in the oven. When your meal is done, it’s pretty enough to go right on the table and the enameled coating makes it easier to clean,” she says.

We could go on and on about why you should snag this Dutch oven, but we’ll stop ourselves. Seriously, though: Tell your mom, tell your friends, and at $50, just try it out yourself.

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Antiques and Collecting: Floral patterns are new flower power

Spring brings flowers, and lately designers are using more floral prints than usual for fabrics and designs. But a picture of a plant as a decoration on dinnerware is an old idea going back to at least the 1600s.

In 1761, an Encyclopedia of Danish Flowers (Flora Danica) was commissioned by King Frederik V of Denmark. Thousands of hand-colored illustrations from engraved copper plates were made that accurately showed the wild flowers and plants. It was not completed until 1874, but some of the drawings were used to decorate a banquet service in 1790.

The first Flora Danica dinner set of 1,802 pieces was made for King Christian VII to give as a gift to Empress Catherine II of Russia. It is said it was to make up for not helping the Russians in their war with Sweden.

Catherine the Great died before the set was finished, so it stayed in Denmark. The remaining 1,530 pieces belong to Queen Margethe II, and some have been used for special occasions.

You can still buy new dishes from the Royal Copenhagen factory or old ones at antiques shops and auctions. It is said to be the only 18th-century set that is still being made.

Each piece has a single plant pictured as the decoration. Dishes can be ordered with the preferred plant.

A Flora Danica platter recently sold for almost $1,000. It was decorated with “Verbascum Thapsiforme Beuspidatum Shad.”

We call it a mullein or velvet plant. The tall yellow flowers are used in herbal medicine. Today, there are more than 300 varieties of mullein, and more are being propagated to get more flowers, shorter flower stalks and other changes.

If you own a Flora Danica piece, be very careful. Even a tiny chip in the notched edge can lower the price by half or more.

I bought a Belleek creamer and sugar bowl decorated with a yellow ribbon and bow back in the 1960s. The marks has a circle “R” over a harp and the words “Belleek, Ireland” and “Deanta in Eirinn, Reg. No. 0857.” The sugar bowl has a green mark and the creamer a black mark. Why are the marks different colors?

The black mark with the words Deanta in Eirinn was used from 1926 to 1946. The green mark that is the same, except for the color, was used from 1946 to 1955.

A sugar and creamer pair usually have the same marks since they were bought at the same time. Belleek made some patterns for many years, and you may have a replacement for a broken piece.

Tip: Your cellphone’s camera is a magnifying glass. Focus on the marking you want to read and go in for a close-up. It is great for ceramics or prints, but a little difficult for metal because of glare. No need for a ruler and a magnifier anymore. Now you can go to a show with a dollar bill — a 6-inch ruler — and a phone.

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How to Choose Racks and Bins

Mobile technicians spend most of their day retrieving tools and materials from vans or trucks. These are the professionals who understand the work of bins and racks, making them best placed to advise on How to Choose Racks and Bins.

The choice you make will determine the experience you have whenever you respond to client needs.

Let’s begin by looking at what racks and bins are used for.

Racks and bins refer to storage options available to the truck and van owners for securing and storing accessories, tools, and materials. They make it easier to transport the materials and accessories without mixing them up. Further, the racks and bins will protect these materials from shifting when the vehicle makes a sudden swerve or stop. Such movement would cause the tools or accessories to get damage. The movement would also damage the wall of your vehicle.

The basic requirements for ladder racks and bins on your van are safety, flexibility, durability, and warranty. This can be achieved when you look at the following qualities when choosing your preferred system. 

Customized Racks And Bins

Racks and bins vary in size and shape depending on the needs of a technician. For instance, a veterinarian requires more small-sized bins compared to an electrical or plumbing contractor who has to carry pipes and tubes. For the racks and bins to transform your van into a mobile workshop, they must meet your needs in terms of dimensions. 

Check For Material

There are several factors you have to consider when choosing bins and racks. Among the most important is the material used to make the bin. The most common materials are steel, aluminum, and composite. Each material offers particular benefits that fit one industry and not another. For instance, steel is the strongest material you will find on the market. It is a cost-effective option if you are a truck carrying heavy materials during long-distance travel. However, it will increase the weight of your truck resulting in an increase in fuel consumption. The lighter alternative is aluminum, but it can be easily perforated. 

The composite material is preferred because it is light and offers the strength of steel. Composite material does not succumb to when exposed to the weather. The material will also absorb noise which makes the vehicle more comfortable and silent to travel in. This material is also cheaper and will deliver excellent value for money. Composite is also durable. Technology has enabled the combination of more materials to produce a lighter material with added advantages. 

Select racks and bins that meet your needs

Racks and bins form a storage system, with each technician requiring a unique one. There is no one-size-fits-all when fitting racks and bins. What you require is a review of your pain points with carrying of work accessories. With an assessment report from a specialist technician, you will design a system of racks and bins that meet your needs. Remember that even two technicians working in the same industry do not require the same system of racks and bins. 

Choose Durable material

Choose a material that is not easily damaged and will, therefore, last longer. It means that your box will not lose its effectiveness soon. This allows you to enjoy a period of efficiency without the worry of replacing the bins. You, therefore, need to choose bins that do not warp easily, break or bend. They should naturally handle the hustle of an always moving van. It should also open smoothly as you do with your kitchen drawers. 

Adjustable

Your needs will change from time to time. In fact, you might require carrying different equipment or materials for two trips on the same day. This calls for flexibility in the design and operation of your racks and bins. This should also come with ease in removing the bins and transporting them to cover the last mile. It will make you a more productive technician. 

Safety

The addition of racks on your vehicle amounts to modifications. The extra weight and the fact that the bin system were not factored by designers of the vehicle means that extra caution must be taken to guarantee their safety. Professional design and installation ensure that they do not endanger the lives of other road users. 

Expert advice on How to Choose Racks and Bins suggests that you should consider the terms of warranty given. Demand a reasonable time as a guarantee that you have received the best bins and rack. In case of damage, you are sure the technicians will service the racks free of charge. 

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Cabinet manufacturers continue growth trend



Wellborn Cabinet makes stock, semi-custom and custom kitchen and bath cabinets; closet cabinets and storage systems. The company has a large presence at industry events such as the recent KBIS 2018 exhibition.

Wellborn Cabinet makes stock, semi-custom and custom kitchen and bath cabinets; closet cabinets and storage systems. The company has a large presence at industry events such as the recent KBIS 2018 exhibition.

The market for cabinets in North America continues to expand, and cabinet manufacturers in the FDMC 300 group of companies have again posted gains in sales.

Some of the largest gains in percentage terms came from medium-sized companies in the FDMC 300 list, but the largest companies also recorded stronger sales in 2017.

Overall, sales for the FDMC 300 group of companies grew 5.4 percent in 2017 over the previous year to $52.209 billion. 

This group of the 300 largest North American cabinet, millwork, furniture and fixture manufacturers recorded a sixth consecutive year of sales expansion in 2017.

A year earlier, sales for the FDMC 300 group of companies grew 5 percent in 2016 to $48.786 billion. (We adjusted the 2017 figure to $51.409 billion to make the comparison with the previous year, since there were some large additions and subtractions in the list of companies.)

KCMA: Cabinet sales gain 3 percent

According to the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association’s monthly Trend of Business Survey, participating cabinet manufacturers reported sales totaling $6.9 billion for 2017. That is a 2.9 percent increase compared to 2016. Stock sales increased 3 percent; semi-custom sales rose 3.7 percent, and custom sales decreased 0.3 percent.

KCMA also reported that December 2017 sales were up 3.9 percent compared to December 2016. For that month, stock sales increased 3 percent, semi-custom sales were up 6.1 percent, and custom sales increased 0.4 percent compared to December 2016.

Survey participants include stock, semi-custom, and custom companies whose combined sales represent approximately 70 percent of the U.S. kitchen cabinet and bath vanity market.

 

Largest cabinet manufacturers

Here’s a summary of the largest cabinet manufacturers in North America.

1. MasterBrand Cabinets. Our cabinet segment sales estimate ($2.450 billion) was based on third quarter 2017 reported sales. Final sales for 2017 were $2.467 million, an increase of 3 percent over 2016.

The company is part of Fortune Home Security, and makes stock, semi-custom and custom fully assembled kitchen and bath cabinets; along with frameless RTA.

There are 16 total manufacturing locations, including six former Norcraft locations: Newton, Kansas; Cottonwood, Minnesota; Liberty, North Carolina; Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Lynchburg, Virginia; and Winnipeg, Manitoba.

2. American Woodmark. The Winchester, Virginia-based company makes stock and semi-custom kitchen and bath cabinets. The figure of $1.03 billion is based on the company’s fiscal year. Sales grew 9 percent.

American Woodmark Corp. earlier announced that it entered into a definitive agreement and plan of merger with RSI Home Products, Inc., another large manufacturer of kitchen and bath cabinetry and home storage products. The acquisition would boost American Woodmark from the third biggest cabinet manufacturer in the United States to the second biggest.

3. Masco Corp. Sales estimate of $950 million was based on third quarter cabinet segment sales and company info. Final 2017 fiscal year sales were reported in February 2018 to be $934 million, down 4 percent from 2016.

The company makes stock and semi-custom assembled and ready-to-assemble kitchen and bath cabinets, and other room cabinets.

Masco has eight manufacturing plants in Middlefield and Orwell, Ohio; Los Lunas, New Mexico; Culpeper and Mt. Jackson, Virginia; Wilson, Pennsylvania; Mt. Sterling, Kentucky; and Duncanville, Texas.

Excluding the impact of the divestiture of Masco’s U.K.-based Moores Furniture Group in the fourth quarter, net sales decreased 1 percent. Cabinetry Products also expanded its KraftMaid brand in the repair and remodel market, and late in the fourth quarter, they began setting a new retail program with their Cardell cabinetry brand.

4. RSI. RSI was acquired by American Woodmark in December. The agreement was to be completed in 2018. RSI makes stock and semi-custom kitchen and bath cabinets, stock and semi-custom bath vanities, and cultured marble countertops. RSI had estimated annual sales of $560 million for 2017 and 3,500 employees.

RSI had grown to become one of the largest value-based cabinet makers in North America providing kitchen, bathroom, home and garage organization cabinetry, counter tops and accessories to home centers, builders, dealers and remodeling contractors.

5. Elkay Manufacturing. Cabinet brands include Mastercraft, Medallion, Schuler, Yorktowne, American and Design-Craft. The company makes semi-custom kitchen and bath cabinets in six locations: Aurora, Colorado; Culver, Indiana; New Ulm and Waconia, Minnesota; Independence, Oregon; and Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania.

Elkay Manufacturing said it will cease cabinet manufacturing at the company’s Ringgold, Virginia, plant. The news followed a decision by the company to discontinue production of the InnerMost Cabinet line, sold exclusively at Home Depot.

6. ACProducts. Communication after the 2017 FDMC 300 was compiled indicated that the company would have about $321 million in sales, taking the acquisition of Smart Cabinetry into account. The company operates plants in Thompsontown and Mount Union, Pennsylvania, and employs 1,000.

7. Foremost Groups. Company is a manufacturer and an importer, and makes bathroom vanities and shelving for Wal-Mart. The $150 million in sales is our estimate.

8. Wellborn Cabinet Inc. Sales were estimated to be $150 million, in four locations in Ashland and Lineville, Alabama; Salt Lake City, Utah; and New Holland, Pennsylvania. The company makes stock, semi-custom and custom kitchen and bath cabinets; closet cabinets and storage systems and employs 1,150.

9. Wood-Mode Inc. Wood-Mode makes custom and semi-custom kitchen and bath cabinets, and custom cabinetry for other rooms at a single location in Kreamer, Pennsylvania. The company employs 1,200. Sales of $150 million is our estimate.

10. W W Wood. Sales figure of $125 million in 2017 was sharply higher. The Dudley, Missouri, company makes kitchen and bath cabinets, millwork and mouldings, custom cabinets, cabinet doors, and employs 1,000.

11. Leedo Mfg. The company makes stock and custom kitchen cabinets, bath vanities, laminate, granite, and quartz countertops in East Bernard and El Campo, Texas.

12. Master WoodCraft Cabinetry LLC. This is a relatively new company that makes cabinets for multifamily homes, countertops, and components in Marshall and Jefferson, Texas. Sales were reported to be $100 million.

13. Republic Elite. The Marshall, Texas, cabinet manufacturer, reportedly merged with LDC Stone Inc., a supplier of countertops and imported cabinets. Republic’s sales were reported to be $100 million. The company makes kitchen and bath cabinets, mouldings, laminate and solid surface countertops and sinks.

14. Marsh Furniture. Marsh makes stock kitchen and bath cabinets in High Point, North Carolina. Company makes both European frameless and face frame cabinets.

15. Showplace Wood Products. Showplace makes custom and semi-custom kitchen cabinets and bath vanities, Murphy wall beds, and provides cabinet refacing in Harrisburg and Beresford, South Dakota.

Additional information on these companies and the full list of 300 companies is also online at http://www.woodworkingnetwork.com/fdmc-300.

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Cabinet manufacturers continue growth trend



Wellborn Cabinet makes stock, semi-custom and custom kitchen and bath cabinets; closet cabinets and storage systems. The company has a large presence at industry events such as the recent KBIS 2018 exhibition.

Wellborn Cabinet makes stock, semi-custom and custom kitchen and bath cabinets; closet cabinets and storage systems. The company has a large presence at industry events such as the recent KBIS 2018 exhibition.

The market for cabinets in North America continues to expand, and cabinet manufacturers in the FDMC 300 group of companies have again posted gains in sales.

Some of the largest gains in percentage terms came from medium-sized companies in the FDMC 300 list, but the largest companies also recorded stronger sales in 2017.

Overall, sales for the FDMC 300 group of companies grew 5.4 percent in 2017 over the previous year to $52.209 billion. 

This group of the 300 largest North American cabinet, millwork, furniture and fixture manufacturers recorded a sixth consecutive year of sales expansion in 2017.

A year earlier, sales for the FDMC 300 group of companies grew 5 percent in 2016 to $48.786 billion. (We adjusted the 2017 figure to $51.409 billion to make the comparison with the previous year, since there were some large additions and subtractions in the list of companies.)

KCMA: Cabinet sales gain 3 percent

According to the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association’s monthly Trend of Business Survey, participating cabinet manufacturers reported sales totaling $6.9 billion for 2017. That is a 2.9 percent increase compared to 2016. Stock sales increased 3 percent; semi-custom sales rose 3.7 percent, and custom sales decreased 0.3 percent.

KCMA also reported that December 2017 sales were up 3.9 percent compared to December 2016. For that month, stock sales increased 3 percent, semi-custom sales were up 6.1 percent, and custom sales increased 0.4 percent compared to December 2016.

Survey participants include stock, semi-custom, and custom companies whose combined sales represent approximately 70 percent of the U.S. kitchen cabinet and bath vanity market.

 

Largest cabinet manufacturers

Here’s a summary of the largest cabinet manufacturers in North America.

1. MasterBrand Cabinets. Our cabinet segment sales estimate ($2.450 billion) was based on third quarter 2017 reported sales. Final sales for 2017 were $2.467 million, an increase of 3 percent over 2016.

The company is part of Fortune Home Security, and makes stock, semi-custom and custom fully assembled kitchen and bath cabinets; along with frameless RTA.

There are 16 total manufacturing locations, including six former Norcraft locations: Newton, Kansas; Cottonwood, Minnesota; Liberty, North Carolina; Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Lynchburg, Virginia; and Winnipeg, Manitoba.

2. American Woodmark. The Winchester, Virginia-based company makes stock and semi-custom kitchen and bath cabinets. The figure of $1.03 billion is based on the company’s fiscal year. Sales grew 9 percent.

American Woodmark Corp. earlier announced that it entered into a definitive agreement and plan of merger with RSI Home Products, Inc., another large manufacturer of kitchen and bath cabinetry and home storage products. The acquisition would boost American Woodmark from the third biggest cabinet manufacturer in the United States to the second biggest.

3. Masco Corp. Sales estimate of $950 million was based on third quarter cabinet segment sales and company info. Final 2017 fiscal year sales were reported in February 2018 to be $934 million, down 4 percent from 2016.

The company makes stock and semi-custom assembled and ready-to-assemble kitchen and bath cabinets, and other room cabinets.

Masco has eight manufacturing plants in Middlefield and Orwell, Ohio; Los Lunas, New Mexico; Culpeper and Mt. Jackson, Virginia; Wilson, Pennsylvania; Mt. Sterling, Kentucky; and Duncanville, Texas.

Excluding the impact of the divestiture of Masco’s U.K.-based Moores Furniture Group in the fourth quarter, net sales decreased 1 percent. Cabinetry Products also expanded its KraftMaid brand in the repair and remodel market, and late in the fourth quarter, they began setting a new retail program with their Cardell cabinetry brand.

4. RSI. RSI was acquired by American Woodmark in December. The agreement was to be completed in 2018. RSI makes stock and semi-custom kitchen and bath cabinets, stock and semi-custom bath vanities, and cultured marble countertops. RSI had estimated annual sales of $560 million for 2017 and 3,500 employees.

RSI had grown to become one of the largest value-based cabinet makers in North America providing kitchen, bathroom, home and garage organization cabinetry, counter tops and accessories to home centers, builders, dealers and remodeling contractors.

5. Elkay Manufacturing. Cabinet brands include Mastercraft, Medallion, Schuler, Yorktowne, American and Design-Craft. The company makes semi-custom kitchen and bath cabinets in six locations: Aurora, Colorado; Culver, Indiana; New Ulm and Waconia, Minnesota; Independence, Oregon; and Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania.

Elkay Manufacturing said it will cease cabinet manufacturing at the company’s Ringgold, Virginia, plant. The news followed a decision by the company to discontinue production of the InnerMost Cabinet line, sold exclusively at Home Depot.

6. ACProducts. Communication after the 2017 FDMC 300 was compiled indicated that the company would have about $321 million in sales, taking the acquisition of Smart Cabinetry into account. The company operates plants in Thompsontown and Mount Union, Pennsylvania, and employs 1,000.

7. Foremost Groups. Company is a manufacturer and an importer, and makes bathroom vanities and shelving for Wal-Mart. The $150 million in sales is our estimate.

8. Wellborn Cabinet Inc. Sales were estimated to be $150 million, in four locations in Ashland and Lineville, Alabama; Salt Lake City, Utah; and New Holland, Pennsylvania. The company makes stock, semi-custom and custom kitchen and bath cabinets; closet cabinets and storage systems and employs 1,150.

9. Wood-Mode Inc. Wood-Mode makes custom and semi-custom kitchen and bath cabinets, and custom cabinetry for other rooms at a single location in Kreamer, Pennsylvania. The company employs 1,200. Sales of $150 million is our estimate.

10. W W Wood. Sales figure of $125 million in 2017 was sharply higher. The Dudley, Missouri, company makes kitchen and bath cabinets, millwork and mouldings, custom cabinets, cabinet doors, and employs 1,000.

11. Leedo Mfg. The company makes stock and custom kitchen cabinets, bath vanities, laminate, granite, and quartz countertops in East Bernard and El Campo, Texas.

12. Master WoodCraft Cabinetry LLC. This is a relatively new company that makes cabinets for multifamily homes, countertops, and components in Marshall and Jefferson, Texas. Sales were reported to be $100 million.

13. Republic Elite. The Marshall, Texas, cabinet manufacturer, reportedly merged with LDC Stone Inc., a supplier of countertops and imported cabinets. Republic’s sales were reported to be $100 million. The company makes kitchen and bath cabinets, mouldings, laminate and solid surface countertops and sinks.

14. Marsh Furniture. Marsh makes stock kitchen and bath cabinets in High Point, North Carolina. Company makes both European frameless and face frame cabinets.

15. Showplace Wood Products. Showplace makes custom and semi-custom kitchen cabinets and bath vanities, Murphy wall beds, and provides cabinet refacing in Harrisburg and Beresford, South Dakota.

Additional information on these companies and the full list of 300 companies is also online at http://www.woodworkingnetwork.com/fdmc-300.

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Electric Cookware Market: Industry Analysis, Opportunity …

Cookware is a type of vessel or container in which food is prepared. Cookware comprises various cooking pots, such as frying pans and saucepans. These pots are intended for use on a range, cooktop or a stove. The material used in the manufacturing of cookware has a substantial effect on its performance, cost, and thermal conductivity.

Materials used in manufacturing of cookware are pottery, metals, PTFE non-stick, coated and composite material, and others. Metals used in manufacturing of cookware are aluminum, copper, stainless steel, cast iron, and carbon steel. Aluminum metal has very good thermal conductivity and is lightweight.

It is also resistant to corrosion. Other non-metallic cookware materials include glass, ceramics, stone, and silicone. Electric cookware is one of the best examples of modern home appliance. As the name suggests, this cookware works on electricity. There are various types of electric cookware available in the market. Rice cookers, frying pans, slow cookers, tea and coffee makers, and egg boilers are types of electric cookware used in modern kitchens.

The electric cookware market is expected to expand at a decent rate during the forecast period. The demand for electric cookware is anticipated to increase due to rising urban population and ever increasing number of the middle class in developing countries such as China and India.

Furthermore, due to improved lifestyle in emerging countries, disposable income of individuals has increased and people tend to buy stylish and new home appliances. These factors have forced companies to manufacture a variety of electric cookware. Ease of use of electric cookware, stylish looks, safety of the product, convenient and faster mode of cooking, ease of cleaning, and eco friendliness are the factors which are also expected to contribute to the growth of the electric cookware market.

The electric cookware market is segmented on the basis of product type, structure, end-user, and region. On the basis of product type, the market is segmented into rice cooker, slow cooker, deep fryer, fry pan, tea and coffee maker, and others. The electric cookware market is segmented on the basis of structure into built-in, and free stand. On the basis of end-user, the market is classified into residential and commercial.

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The commercial electric cookware market generates more revenue than the residential electric cookware market. This is because the cookware used for commercial cooking is generally electric cookware due to its ease of use, and is safer than other appliances. The electric cookware market is divided into North America, Middle East Africa, Europe, Asia Pacific, and South America on the basis of region. Furthermore, these regions are subdivided into various countries such as the U.S., U.K., Germany, Italy, China, India, Japan, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, and Brazil.

Some of the key players in the electric cookware market include Panasonic Corporation, Maxim, Koninklijke Philips N.V., Breville, Williams-Sonoma Inc., Midea Group, Joyoung Singapore, Toshiba Corporation, New World, Electrolux, BSH Home Appliances FZE, General Electric, Morphy Richards, Samsung, Dacor, and LG Electronics.

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The key players in the market focus on innovation in the technology and design of cookware to remain competitive. New product launch and acquisition are the key developmental strategies of manufactures to meet the consumer requirements and increase their consumer base. Furthermore, the companies launch exciting offers to promote their products and adopt innovative marketing strategies to attract consumers.

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