Bill Beer

WASHINGTON, D.C.—After a year of transition, including a new city and a completely new staff, the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) is finally settled in and ready for business, beginning with its annual member meeting held recently in its new home town. The association announced at last year's annual meeting that it was in the industry's best interest for its headquarters to move from Chicago to Washington, D.C. in order to be closer to the political action. Nearly all of the Chicago staff, made up of long-time industry veterans, decided not to move with the association, leaving AHAM in a new infancy stage. The new, Washington,

By Jamie Latshaw The '80s had its Lexus. The '90s has its Neptune. Major appliances have become the style statements of the '90s. Who would have thought horizontal-axis washers would become cocktail conversation pieces? In this new aesthetic, avocado green and harvest gold appliances are long gone. Stainless and rich enamel red, green, blue and "biscuit" appliances are in. But consumers are demanding more than just pretty boxes. Time- and energy-saving performance features and quiet operation have become the new selling points. This trend extends up and down the financial scale. The look that was once unattainable on a limited budget has "grown beyond what appliance manufacturers thought

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