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HOLLAND, MICH., October 24, 2013 -- The Stow Company today announced that it will consolidate all manufacturing into its newly expanded facility in Holland, Mich. The decision is part of a growth strategy that includes maximizing manufacturing capacities and leveraging a centralized, national shipping point. The Holland facility manufactures products for all of the Company’s brands, including EasyClosets®, ORG Home® and Easy Track®, and has substantial room for further expansion.
“The Stow Company is on a strong path of double digit growth for all of our brands, and expanding the capacity of our Holland manufacturing operation allows us to meet growing customer demand and maximize efficiencies while keeping pricing competitive and maintaining market leadership,” said Randy Tallman, executive vice president of operations for The Stow Company. “Our 200,000-square-foot Holland facility is now readily able to absorb additional volume, and will positively impact our already industry-leading quality and turnaround times.”
Approximately 40 new full-time jobs are being created in Holland by the expansion. The recruiting and hiring process is already underway, and the Company expects to have all new associates on board and in place on all shifts by the end of 2013. “We’re very pleased to be adding a significant number of new stable, well-paid production and logistics jobs in West Michigan,” Tallman stated.
About The Stow Company
Founded in 1984 in Holland, Mich., The Stow Company is the leading provider of custom storage and organization systems for all areas of the home, including closets, garage, pantry, laundry and mudrooms, as well as entertainment centers, wall-beds and more. The company’s innovative products and services are tailored to specific customers’ needs through three distribution channels. ORG Home® custom solutions are available through a nationwide network of authorized design and installation dealers. EasyClosets® do-it-yourself, custom-cut products are sold primarily online at www.easyclosets.com. Easy Track® modular storage systems are available through leading home improvement retailers. The Stow Company is part of The Windquest Group. For more information on the company and employment opportunities, visit www.TheStowCompany.com.
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ORG Home, a leading provider of custom home organization solutions, gives discerning consumers even more ways to boost their home’s appeal with the introduction of two new on-trend colors to its palette. Designed with realistic wood-grain textures, Thoroughbred and Caviar expand ORG Home’s vast portfolio of products, offering homeowners an extensive selection of colors, finishes, and styles to make any organization solution uniquely their own.
The newest additions to ORG Home’s 24-color palette include:
- Thoroughbred: This warm neutral hue blends chocolate brown and red tones, creating a color similar to traditional cherry but without the orange undertones. A detailed, natural wood-textured finish with a linear grain pattern adds to the visual and tactile appeal.
- Caviar: An alluring dark grey color combines warm and cool undertones, a bold linear grain pattern, and a detailed, natural wood-textured finish. The result is versatile, modern, and decidedly on-trend.
“The beauty of our new Thoroughbred and Caviar colors addresses a growing desire for long-lasting, attractive products with fine wood colors and texture,” said Bobbie Locke, director of marketing and communications for The Stow Company, the parent company of ORG Home. “The depth and richness of these colors with textures will add pizzazz to any room in the home, creating a clean, refined look with timeless appeal.”
ORG Home offers many options that allow customers to customize designs specifically for their space, lifestyle and home décor. In addition to visibly beautiful colors and finishes, every solution delivers uncompromising materials, advanced design, and world-class manufacturing to create stylish, highly customizable organization solutions for every area of the home. The products help transform closets, kitchen pantries, garages, laundry rooms, offices, entertainment areas, craft rooms, and entryways into superbly organized spaces.
ORG Home products are available through the nationwide network of authorized dealers who provide professional design and installation services. Manufactured in Holland, Mich., by The Stow Company, ORG Home offers custom closet organizers, pantry storage systems, garage cabinets, laundry storage, office organizing systems, wall beds, craft room organization, media centers, mudroom storage and more. For more information or to locate an ORG Home dealer, visit www.ORGHome.com or call 800-562-4257.
EasyClosets®, a leading online home organization solutions provider, announces its participation in DIY Network’s Blog Cabin 2013 home renovation program. The popular primetime program, Blog Cabin, is an interactive homebuilding television series that invites viewers and fans to help design the cabin and inform the renovation, then enter for a chance to win the remodeled and fully furnished home. As a proud sponsor of Blog Cabin 2013, EasyClosets contributed to the spectacular renovation with custom organization systems installed in the master closet and laundry room.
Circa 1800s, the historic waterfront cottage, once a one-room cabin, has undergone a complete renovation. The newly remodeled two-story vacation home boasts a formal great room, modern kitchen, efficient laundry room, three bedrooms, two-and-one-half baths, and a stunning outdoor entertainment area, complete with breathtaking views of North Carolina’s “Crystal Coast.”
“We’re honored to be the exclusive home organization sponsor of Blog Cabin 2013, and to be a part of a truly unique remodeling project,” said Bobbie Locke, director of marketing and communications for The Stow Company, the parent company of EasyClosets. “By including our EasyClosets custom storage solutions in this fabulous retreat, it will add to the home’s calm, serene feel while also allowing the lucky Blog Cabin winner to maintain a superbly organized master closet and laundry room.”
With Blog Cabin’s tight storage spaces, smart organization was essential to maximize every square inch. Because EasyClosets’ home organization systems are completely customizable, they offered the perfect solution for the reach-in master closet and laundry room.
During the design and selection process, the style and color of the organization products played as important a role as function and customization. EasyClosets’ new on-trend colors, Driftwood and Chateau, were chosen because of their ability to blend beautifully with the home’s coastal cool décor theme and its neutral color palette.
EasyClosets organization makeovers will be featured in three of DIY Network’s Blog Cabin episodes. To see the laundry room remodel, viewers can tune into Kitchen Crashers on August 5 at 9:00 p.m. ET. Bath Crashers, airing August 12 at 9:30 p.m. ET, will showcase the master bedroom and closet makeover. The one-hour Blog Cabin special is scheduled for Sept. 12 at 9:00 p.m. ET. To take a virtual tour of the completed home and for more information, including episode airdates and times, visit DIYNetwork.com/BlogCabin.
For a chance to win this beachfront cottage, U.S. viewers age 21 or older can enter DIY Network’s Blog Cabin® 2013 Giveaway twice online per day through Sept. 13, 2013, until 5 pm ET. No purchase necessary. See official rules at www.diynetwork.com.
EasyClosets ® is expanding its line of home organization solutions with a stylish new line of freestanding media centers that can be extensively customized and are made to order in just one day.
For many homeowners, the limited sizes, styles, and colors of ready-made media storage furniture fail to fit their homes, collections, or lifestyles perfectly. However, because EasyClosets media centers are designed for individual customization, they’re changing the game for home entertainment. Featuring custom sizing, a wide range of styles and colors to fit every décor, and a plethora of configuration options, EasyClosets offers homeowners a personalized approach to designing a media center that is uniquely their own. There are countless ways to incorporate a homeowner’s personal design preferences into an entertaining hub that will transform their family room, den, recreation room, or home theater into a stylish and much more functional part of their home.
"Our goal at EasyClosets is to design and manufacture innovative solutions that are simple to design and assemble, can be delivered quickly, and solve organization challenges for our customers in every area of their homes," remarked Bobbie Locke, director of marketing and communications for The Stow Company, the parent company of EasyClosets brand. “We’re very excited to bring homeowners a ground-breaking DIY solution that gives them exactly what they need without the wait, and we expect this solution to set a new standard in the media storage market.”
With a selection of open shelving, towers with doors and drawers, bridges and TV consoles, EasyClosets media centers provide smart ways to organize and display flat-panel TVs, gaming consoles, audio electronics, books, and other entertainment accessories. Even messy wires and cables from electronic devices can be stowed out of sight with EasyClosets’ integrated wire management system. Hidden passageways behind shelves keep cables and power cords tucked away, while extra space behind and beneath the drawers holds cables, power strips, and routers.
Homeowners can select not only the size and type of components, but also the style that best fits their home. The media centers are available in Contemporary, Transitional and Traditional styles to match the three most predominant trends in home décor today.
Contemporary - Clean lines, streamlined design and a bold, two-tone palette embrace the luxurious, livable character of EasyClosets’ Contemporary collection.
Transitional - The timeless design and two-tone color combination of the EasyClosets Transitional collection fits into a variety of décor styles with ease, creating a seamless and refined aesthetic.
Traditional - An uncommon attention to detail gives EasyClosets Traditional collection its enduring charm. Curved valances, fluted vertical edges, and raised panel drawer and door fronts add a welcoming, finely crafted look.
The Contemporary and Transitional collections also feature a new design element: the bold, long lines of innovative Forterra® engineered structured panels. Both stylish and functional, these panels provide a secondary accent color with two-inch thick shelves that can span up to 65” long.
An intuitive online tool helps homeowners design custom solutions they can easily assemble themselves. Visitors can choose from one of the many configuration options suggested by the EasyClosets design tool, and then add, rearrange, and modify the design to their heart’s content. Individual or multiple storage units can be purchased, creating a configuration that fits each customers space and storage needs.
With EasyClosets fast, one-day manufacturing lead time, customers don’t need to wait for their dream media center. When orders are received by 6:00 pm ET, the media centers are custom made and then shipped the next business day. Shipping is free within the contiguous U.S.
EasyClosets, a brand of The Stow Company, is a leading online provider of do-it-yourself custom storage and organization systems for all areas of the home, including closets, garage, pantry, laundry, entryway, and living areas. EasyClosets products are sold primarily online at www.EasyClosets.com and shipped direct to customers’ homes. Founded in 1984, The Stow Company is part of The Windquest Group, and has manufacturing plants in Holland, Mich., and Pine Brook, N.J. For more information, visit www.EasyClosets.com.
Easy Track™ announced today that its closet organizing system has been named a Consumers Digest Best Buy. Easy Track’s 4’ to 8’ Basic Starter kit was selected as the best midrange buy in wood/laminated wood closet storage kits. Best Buys for closet systems are judged on functionality, durability, adaptability, and aesthetics. This is the second time Easy Track has been named a Consumers Digest Best Buy, the first being in 2009.
According to the recent Consumers Digest Magazine, Easy Track was selected because of its ability to hold 1,200 pounds over an 8-foot span, which is more than similarly priced competitor closet systems, and because it is the only midrange system to include a lifetime limited warranty. The publication also noted the product’s environmentally conscious features, such as its 100 percent recycled/recovered wood fiber core as being “unique among the market.”
“We’re very pleased to have a trusted national consumer publication like Consumers Digest again recognize our commitment to consumer lifetime value,” said Bobbie Locke, Director of Marketing and Communications for Easy Track’s parent company, The Stow Company. “The durability and easy-to-assemble convenience of Easy Track ready-made storage and organization kits have received great retail response.”
Easy Track closet organizers are based on starter kits that can be used alone or combined with other kits and components to create the ideal space for homeowners. A prominent characteristic of Easy Track’s closet organizing systems is the ease of installation. Simply attach the unique steel rail to the wall, and then hang the panels, and add shelves, hanging rods, drawers, baskets and accessories. Because Easy Track is designed for flexibility, it is simple to make adjustments and add components as homeowners’ storage needs change.
About Easy Track
Part of The Stow Company since 1989, the Easy Track brand offers high-quality, easy-to-assemble closet organizer kits in Cherry, Truffle, and White. With numerous configurations to fit closet spaces ranging from two to eleven feet wide, Easy Track storage systems provide smart organization for small and mid-size reach-in closets to large walk-in closets. Easy Track do-it-yourself starter kits can be purchased at participating retail and home center stores, and online at EasyTrack.com. For more information or to locate a retailer, call 1-800-562-4257 or visit www.EasyTrack.com.
EasyClosets® is pleased to announce new storage and organization systems for the family garage – making this often overlooked space work harder for everyone who uses it. The new products provide smart, attractive ways to organize gear for sports, hobbies, and yard work, and an online tool helps homeowners design custom solutions they can easily install themselves.
A natural transition between inside and outside areas, the garage is the logical place to store tools, equipment, and out-of-season items that would otherwise take up room inside the home. However, with so much to hold and family members coming and going all the time, the challenge is to keep this space neat and well-organized.
In response to these challenges, EasyClosets created solutions that keep the garage in order, improve its appearance, and make it easy for family members to find or put away the things they need. “Transforming the garage into a hardworking, multipurpose space can actually empower a family’s active lifestyle,” said Bobbie Locke, director of marketing and communications for The Stow Company.
Because every family’s needs are unique, EasyClosets garage products are designed for personalization. Homeowners can choose from cabinets, shelves, drawers, work surfaces, and clever accessories. Cabinets are available in several depth and height options, and can even be customized to meet a variety of width requirements. To maximize space, EasyClosets also offers slatwall panels to hold hooks, racks, and baskets. These organizers can be easily moved or rearranged to meet a family’s changing needs.
A step up from the industrial look of garage organizers found in typical home stores, EasyClosets solutions come in seven on-trend colors and stylish hardware that coordinate with today’s homes. Designed and engineered especially for the garage environment, the solutions feature heavy-duty cabinets with integrated full back panels, one-inch thick sturdy shelves, and doors with wide-opening Euro-style hinges. While the cabinets are designed to be hung on the wall for easy cleaning below, legs can also be added for additional support or style.
The intuitive online design tool makes space planning quick and easy for homeowners. Complimentary design service is also available, allowing customers to have an EasyClosets expert review their plan or create it for them. The solutions are made specifically for do-it-yourself installation. Components are cut to order and shipped with a complete set of hardware and detailed instructions to make home assembly successful – even for those without remodeling experience. “We’re committed to making the process easy for homeowners to create the perfect garage system for their specific needs,” said Locke.
Locke added, “Consumer demand continues to grow in the home and garage organization industry, especially in e-commerce. It’s an ideal time to introduce our new garage product line to the DIY market, and we’re so pleased to help consumers organize this important area of the home.”
Make the most of the family garage in 6 easy steps
Improving a garage doesn’t take a lot of time or remodeling experience, but it does involve a little planning to make the space work efficiently. EasyClosets recommends using the zone approach to get the most out of every inch.
- Establish the transition area – the space that’s reserved for hanging coats, storing shoes and boots, and setting down packages, groceries, or mail when you’re opening the door.
- Next, determine a need-it-now area for quick and easy access to things like dog food and leashes, water bottles and other beverages, or recycling bins.
- Decide which area is best for long, thin yard and maintenance tools like shovels, rakes and clippers.
- Identify elevation zones, creating a storage area for large items that may be stored out of the way for months at a time, such as coolers, camping gear and holiday decorations. Reserve lower, easy-to-reach areas for the kids to keep their sports equipment.
- Plan an area for frequently used items such as active gear, outdoor games and cleaning supplies.
- Stake out a workspace for hobbies and interests. From gardening to fishing, woodworking, or automotive work, designate a space to organize tools and supplies needed to work on these projects.
The design guide featured in EasyClosets’ online design tool provides ideas for six different garage zones. Used as thought starters, these ideas demonstrate how to accommodate the types of items that would typically be stored in these areas. Using the design tool, it’s simple to add, rearrange, and modify the design to work with any space, style and budget.
EasyClosets, a brand of The Stow Company, is a leading online provider of do-it-yourself custom storage and organization systems for all areas of the home, including closets, garage, pantry, laundry, entryway, and entertainment areas. EasyClosets products are sold primarily online at www.EasyClosets.com and shipped direct to customers’ homes with free shipping in the contiguous U.S. Founded in 1984, The Stow Company is part of The Windquest Group, and has manufacturing plants in Holland, Mich., and Pine Brook, N.J.
The Stow Company is proud to sponsor Bethany Christian Services in a delicious event to raise funds for Bethany’s post adoption services in Holland, Michigan. Bethany Christian Services has teamed up with Second Floor Bakery in an effort to bake the world’s largest cinnamon roll which is estimated to weigh over 300 pounds. The fundraising event takes place on Saturday, May 4th at GDK Park in Holland.
For more information, visit Bethany Christian Services website: http://www.bethany.org/holland
EasyClosets®, a leading online home storage solutions provider, announces the arrival of four new on-trend colors that add a sophisticated flair to any room in the home. Created in response to consumer demand, the four new tones include Chateau, Cocoa, Driftwood, and French Roast.
- Chateau’s warm taupe hue combines the look of weathered hardwood, light cathedral wood grain patterns, and a smooth-to-the-touch finish.
- Cocoa blends medium brown and milk chocolate colors, bold linear grain pattern, and a detailed wood grain texture to give you a refined, modern aesthetic.
- Driftwood delivers a natural, weather-worn look with earthy greyish-brown tones, a clean linear grain pattern, and a unique wood grain texture.
- French Roast, the darkest brown color EasyClosets offers, mixes dark brown and dark chocolate tones with detailed wood grain texture.
“We identified a growing demand in the DIY home organization market for products that look more like real wood, with all of its natural characteristics. Several of our new colors address this trend by integrating a detailed wood grain texture you can actually see and feel,” said Bobbie Locke, director of marketing and communications for The Stow Company, the parent company of EasyClosets brand.
"We’re proud to be one of the first companies to offer textured finishes combined with trendier colors to the online DIY closet and home organization market,” said Locke. Because smooth finishes, solid colors like white and ivory, and traditional wood grains such as cherry and maple are expected to remain popular, EasyClosets will continue to provide these standard colors as well.
Color trends among consumers are always evolving, but market analysis shows that light neutrals with grey values, true browns, and grey browns continue to rise in popularity. EasyClosets latest color additions meet these demands while allowing homeowners to express themselves throughout traditional, modern or transitional spaces in their homes.
Now with 11 total color options, custom sizing, and a wide selection of accessories, EasyClosets makes it easier than ever to design a custom organization solution that suits any homeowner’s personal style and space. The intuitive online design tool enables fast and simple space planning, and professional designers are on staff to provide suggestions or create a custom design at no charge.
Sustainability and lifetime value remain important in the purchase of custom closet and home organization products. Crafted of high-quality composite panels with durable thermally fused laminate, EasyClosets storage solutions provide long-lasting beauty, functionality and organization. In addition, EasyClosets offers products that have been granted Forest Stewardship Council® certification (FSC-CO28471), which guarantees that they come from well-managed forests. To learn more, visit www.EasyClosets.com/fsc.
EasyClosets, a brand of The Stow Company, is a leading online provider of do-it-yourself custom storage and organization systems for all areas of the home, including closets, garage, pantry, laundry, entryway, and living areas. EasyClosets products are sold primarily online at www.EasyClosets.com and shipped direct to customers’ homes with free shipping in the contiguous U.S. Founded in 1984, The Stow Company is part of The Windquest Group, and has manufacturing plants in Holland, Mich., and Pine Brook, N.J. For more information, visit www.EasyClosets.com.
HOLLAND, MI – February 4, 2013, The Stow Company Inc., a leader in custom home storage and organizational products, announced that Randy Tallman has been promoted to executive vice president of operations.
In his new position, Tallman will be responsible for manufacturing operations, product development and engineering for The Stow Company facilities in Holland, Mich. and Pine Brook, NJ. He will report to Frank Newman, president and chief executive officer.
During his 18 years at The Stow Company, Tallman has served in various management positions, including national sales manager, consumer product manager, director of marketing and product management, and most recently, was vice president of product management. Tallman is a graduate of Grand Valley State University, and holds a bachelor’s degree in business.
“Randy has made significant contributions to the company throughout his tenure and I am confident that we will benefit greatly from his expanded leadership role,” said Newman. “Randy’s knowledge of our products and his dedication to world-class manufacturing standards will help us fulfill our commitment to provide a superior customer experience from start to finish.”
About The Stow Company
Founded in 1984 in Holland, Mich., The Stow Company is a leading provider of custom storage and organization systems for all areas of the home, including closets, garage, pantry, laundry and mudrooms, as well as entertainment centers, wall-beds and more. The company’s innovative products and services are tailored to specific customers’ needs through three distribution channels. ORG Home™ custom solutions are available through a nationwide network of authorized design and installation dealers. EasyClosets™ do-it-yourself, custom-cut products are sold primarily online at www.EasyClosets.com. Easy Track® modular storage systems are available through leading home improvement retailers. The Stow Company is part of The Windquest Group, and has manufacturing plants in Holland, Mich., and Pine Brook, N.J.
The Stow Company Inc., a leader in custom home storage and organizational products, announced that Carl Seymour has been promoted to vice president of the company’s dealer network.
Seymour, who reports to Frank Newman, president and chief executive officer for The Stow Company, is responsible for leading the strategic business development of the dealer distribution channel including leveraging alliances with businesses that specialize in closet, garage or home organization.
“Under Carl’s leadership, the sales and customer service teams have achieved success in important growth initiatives and service excellence for our ORG Home dealership network, said Newman. “Carl’s determination and drive, combined with his business management expertise, has proven to be a valuable asset to our company and dealer partners.”
In his recent position as director of dealer development, Seymour has been the driving force behind the growth of the company’s ORG Home dealer network. Prior to joining The Stow Company in 2006 as a dealer business consultant, Seymour was the principal of Get Organized, a home organization company in metro Detroit, Mich. Seymour is a graduate of Colorado State University, and holds a bachelor’s degree in finance.
About The Stow Company
Founded in 1984 in Holland, Mich., The Stow Company is a leading provider of custom storage and organization systems for all areas of the home, including closets, garage, pantry, laundry and mudrooms, as well as entertainment centers, wall-beds and more. The company’s innovative products and services are tailored to specific customers’ needs through three distribution channels. ORG Home™ custom solutions are available through a nationwide network of authorized design and installation dealers. EasyClosets™ do-it-yourself, custom-cut products are sold primarily online at www.easyclosets.com. Easy Track® modular storage systems are available through leading home improvement retailers. The Stow Company is part of The Windquest Group, and has manufacturing plants in Holland, Mich., and Pine Brook, N.J.
HOLLAND, MI – November 29, 2012, The Stow Company Inc., a leader in custom home storage and organizational products, announced that Frank Newman has been appointed as president and chief executive officer, effective immediately.
Newman brings over 25 years of experience as a CEO. Prior to joining The Stow Company in May 2012 as interim president and CEO, Newman was chairman and CEO of Medical Nutrition USA, Inc. (NASDAQ) from 2002-2011. He previously served as president and then chairman and CEO of Eckerd Corporation (NYSE) from 1993-2001, one of the largest drug store chains in the U.S, and prior to that was president and CEO of F&M Distributors, Inc. (NASDAQ) from 1986-1993. Newman previously held senior executive positions at Household Merchandising Inc., F.W. Woolworth Company, and HRT Industries.
As a director of leading global and national companies, Newman has an extensive background in international and domestic marketing and manufacturing. He has been a director of Jabil Circuit Inc. (NYSE) since 1989, and has also served as a director of Joann Stores Inc. (NYSE), Medical Technology Systems Inc. (AMEX), and AmSouth Bancorporation (AMEX).
“I am honored to lead this fine and talented team, all of whom are energized about the future growth of the company and committed to providing a superior customer experience from start to finish,” said Newman. “Our focus is on growing the business through world-class manufacturing and exceptional execution, innovation and speed-to-market.”
About The Stow Company
Founded in 1984 in Holland, Mich., The Stow Company is a leading provider of custom storage and organization systems for all areas of the home, including the closets, garage, pantry, laundry and mudroom, as well as entertainment centers, wall-beds and more. The Company’s innovative products and services are tailored to specific customers needs through three distribution channels. ORG Home custom solutions are available through a nationwide network of authorized design and installation dealers. EasyClosets do-it-yourself, custom-cut products are sold primarily online at www.easyclosets.com. And, Easy Track modular storage systems are available through leading home improvement retailers. The Stow Company is part of the Windquest Group, and has manufacturing plants in Holland, Mich., and Pine Brook, N.J.