Contract / Hospitality News

Printer, Editeur, Converter Panaz Becomes Major Global Contract Player Driven Hard by 30 Year Veteran Tony Attard

LANCASHIRE, UK—Panaz Ltd. has evolved as a major contract printer, converter and designer of contract fabrics with sales in the $25 million range but CEO Tony Attard expects to double business in the next five years. The company owns state of the art printing machines capable of printing 200 me[...]

Eric Lazarus Joins Aperture Contract, Charles Samelson’s New Roller Shade Division

New York, New York—Eric Lazarus, 30 years plus hospitality industry veteran has been named Vice President of Aperture Contract, the newest addition to the Charles Samelson, Inc. family of brands, focused on providing a unique collection of decorative roller shades for the commercial marketplace. [...]

Tony Attard Also Chairman of Alusid, Architectural Glass Recycler

LANCASHIRE—Alusid is a manufacturer of recycled ceramics and glass from sinks, bathtubs and television screen glass that would otherwise go into the landfill. The Silicastone product line is used for indoor/outdoor surfaces in the same way a designer would use stone, according to Tony Attard, C[...]

Financial Firm Buys Carnegie Major Stake

ROCKVILLE CENTER, New York — Carnegie has finalized an agreement to sell a majority interest in the company to a financial partner named Calera Capital based in Boston, MA. The  purchase price is not disclosed. Cliff Goldman, Carnegie second generation family owner will remain a minority share[...]

Cruise by Richloom Contract Dedicates Resources to Burgeoning Cruise Industry Under Spangler’s Watch

NEW YORK, New York—Richloom Fabrics Group has created a new division under the banner of Richloom Cruise by Richloom Contract. The company expects to intensify its market share of the 875,000 cabins on the water each year and also the public spaces in cruise. “Refit requires four to six-week [...]

Magitex Father/Son Team Upgrades Fabric Offering to Reach More Designers

MIAMI, FL — Magitex Décor, a six and one half year old wholesaler is building momentum as a supplier of $15-$45 upholstery cuts and drapery fabrics, importing lines from mills in China, India and Turkey. The line includes sheers, upholstery, vinyl and blackout fabrics which pass the California[...]

Homtex Launches DreamFit Hospitality Brand to Hotels

VINEMONT, AL — Homtex, a 27-year-old supplier of bedding to the residential market is turning its sights toward the hospitality bedding market with a new, “proprietary” line according to Jeff Casner, Vice President of Brands. “We are looking to carve out a niche in the higher margin, high[...]

Paul Harris Leaves Crestmont Fabrics in Strong Family Hands Which Continues to Cater to Converters, Jobbers

HAUPPAUGE, New York—Crestmont Fabrics Ltd., continues to soldier on after 32 years in business under the guidance of Judi Harris, co-founder, designer and widow of Paul Harris, who died July 29 at the age of 73 from complications related to diabetes. Crestmont continues to be an important resou[...]

Baumann Dekor Receives New Life From Ajay Singh With Co-Partner

COMO, Italy — The new owners of Baumann Dekor are banking on building their business 500 percent in the next five years according to Ajay Bikram Singh, co-principal. Singh put up his life savings in order to purchase Baumann Dekor (debt free) with a silent partner about one year ago, he says. [...]

Unifi Names Caudle President, Opens Sri Lanka Division

GREENSBORO, North Carolina — Tom Caudle has been named President of Unifi, Inc., the producer of the REPREVE® brand of recycled polyester used in the contract/hospitality fabric market. Roger Berrier left Unifi as President in late April and his plans are not known at this time. Caudle has [...]