At the launch of “The Karl’s Experience at Fairfield,” Eastern Marketing Corp. unveiled their new Bertazzoni kitchen display. Eastern Marketing is the sole distributor of Bertazzoni products in the northeast, and took the opportunity to spotlight precision-engineered gas ranges and ventilation systems from the Italian manufacturer. In attendance were Eastern Marketing President Marty Friedman, Eastern Marketing Vice President Craig Friedman, Karl’s Appliance CEO Bob Walsh, Karl’s Appliance President Dan Schwartz and Bertazzoni SPA President Paolo Bertazzoni.
By Tatyana Sinioukov With Circuit City getting out, Sam's Club and Wal-Mart getting in, and the independent, regional and national retailers all competing for their place under the sun—expanding distribution, lowering prices and improving customer service—2000 was a year of transition in the major appliances market. Industry assessment of the year's changes were mixed. "I don't think the fact that the distribution strategy had changed means people are going to buy more or less appliances," said Tina Settecase, vice president and general merchandise manager, home appliances, Sears. "The industry per se is going to have as many sales as it was going to
Minolta is mourning the loss of Katsusaburo "Ken" Nakamura, the former president of Minolta Corp, and retired director of Minolta Co. Ltd. He died of natural causes October 4 in Tokyo. He was 71 years old. Nakamura was instrumental in establishing Minolta in the United States in the 1950s and '60s. He began his career at Minolta in 1953. He came to the U.S. in 1955 and didn't return to Japan until 1969. He had served in senior executive positions at Minolta in photography, instrument systems and planetarium operations. He retired in 1995. He is survived by his wife and two children. Brad Anderson,