Linda M. Koenig, MIS director, and Robert D. Hoff, president, of Omni Corporate Services Ltd., were among the attendees at the 2006 Kitchen/Bath Industry Show in Chicago this spring.


Robert Lando, a vice president at Chicago-based Community Home Supply Co., a plumbing supply and kitchen design company, exchanged greetings with Pat Lenius, managing editor, and Scott Franz, publisher, at K/BIS 2006.

The most recent K/BIS 2006 show in Chicago was the largest and most successful to date, according to show organizers. Wholesalers, manufacturers, manufacturers reps, architects, interior designers and builders attended the event held at the McCormick Place conference center in April to see the latest in products, styles and finishes for the bath and kitchen. More coverage will follow in future issues of SUPPLY HOUSE TIMES and on this Web site.

Mr. Steam

Mr.Steam says its steam generators are compactly designed for performance and durability, combining safety and aesthetics with reliability. They can be easily installed in closets, vanities, basements or heated attics. Steambathing typically takes place in an enclosed shower that has been modified to contain steam. A steam generator installed within any location in the home provides warm, moist steam heat in the shower enclosure. Mr.Steam systems are available with digital, in-shower time and temperature controls. A uniquely designed steam head comes standard with the unit to allow for quieter, softer steam.

BLANCO

BLANCO offers 22 models of its STEELART stainless steel sinks. Each one is handcrafted from a single panel of premium quality 18 gauge, 304 series stainless steel, featuring 18/10 chrome-nickel content. The sinks have a near-seamless appearance. The STEELART design includes satin polished finish, extra bowl depth, rear drain placement, and sound deadening insulation. One model teams two high capacity bowls with a prep/clean-up bowl, ideal for disposal placement. Shown here is the BLANCOPRECISION 10 triple bowl (Model 513-690) with a BLANCOPURUS II faucet in satin nickel.

The National Kitchen & Bath Association

The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) announced the publication of the Professional Resource Library at K/BIS 2006.

Nine new hardcover volumes cover topics including design, products, residential construction, mechanical systems, business practices, drawing and installation. The books range in size from 165 pages to more than 450 pages. They have been written by recognized industry experts, then reviewed by technical editors and peer professionals.

As a bonus, Kitchen & Bath Business Management provides a CD with a variety of business forms that can be easily incorporated to help organize and streamline operations.

The books are now the basis for NKBA's certification exams, replacing the Kitchen/Bath Industry Technical Manuals.

The nine titles are: Residential Construction; Kitchen & Bath Systems; Design Principles; Kitchen & Bath Products; Kitchen & Bath Business Management; Kitchen Planning; Bath Planning; Kitchen & Bath Project Management; and Kitchen & Bath Drawing. The first five volumes were unveiled on April 21 at the Kitchen/Bath Industry Show in Chicago. The remaining publications are scheduled to become available within the year. All are available for purchase or pre-order at www.nkba.org.

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