Sales, merchandising veteran Jerry Marlin dies

DORSEY, Miss. – Industry veteran Jerry Marlin died of natural causes on Dec. 21 during a hunting trip in North Dakota with his son and grandsons. He was 66.

Most recently, Marlin was with Washington Furniture, now part of the Behold Home upholstery manufacturing brand. He had joined Washington Furniture in 2015 to oversee sales and merchandising. Prior to joining Washington Furniture, Marlin was vice president of merchandising at upholstery producer Prime Designs. During his career, he also was an executive with motion upholstery producer PeopLoungers, worked as merchandise manager at Top 100 retailer Farmers Home Furniture, and as national account manager at fabric supplier Culp Inc.

Jerry Victor Marlin was born July 28, 1954 in Tupelo, Miss., and began his long career in the furniture industry after graduation from Belden High School and college.

Marlin married his high school sweetheart, Delba Johnson, on May 19, 1974. In almost 47

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Poh Huat Resource Holdings reports increase in revenues, gross profits during latest quarter

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Poh Huat Resources Holdings Berhad, the parent company of Poh Huat Furniture Industries, reported an increase in revenues and gross profits for the latest quarter ended Oct. 31.

Total revenues were RM216.7 million, up 12.8% from the RM192.08 reported for the same period last year. For the full year to date, revenues totaled RM 659.5, down 5.9% from the RM701 million reported last year.

Gross profits for the quarter totaled RM48.6 million, up 38.3% from the RM35.11 million reported last year. Year to date, gross profits totaled RM119.8 million, down 2.4% from the RM122.8 million reported last year.

Basic earnings per share for the quarter were 9.20 sen, compared to 6.55 sen last year. Year to date, basic earnings per share totaled 22.14 sen, compared to 22.91 sen last year.

The company produces residential furniture in both Malaysia and Vietnam.

In its report the company noted

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Graco recalls 51,000 inclined sleeper accessories

ATLANTA, Ga. – Children’s products specialist Graco has recalled about 51,000 inclined sleeper accessories due to concerns about the safety of inclined sleeper units.

The recall involves the inclined sleeper accessory that is included with several playards including the Graco Pack ‘n Play Day2Dream Playard with Bedside Sleeper, the Graco Pack ‘n Play Nuzzle Nest Playard, the Graco Pack ‘n Play Everest Playard and the Graco Pack ‘n Play Rock ‘n Grow Playard.

While no incidents or injuries have been reported with the inclined sleeper accessories, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission said the recall is in response to safety concerns involving other manufacturers inclined sleep products. In a number of these, incidents, infants have suffocated after rolling from their back to their stomach or side while unrestrained or under other circumstances.

For a full listing of the units being recalled, click here.

Made in China and imported by

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SFIC names executive committee members for 2020/2022

SINGAPORE – The Singapore Furniture Industries Council has named office holders for its 2020/2022 executive committee. These appointments include officials who are also executives on a number of well- known furniture manufacturers and industry brands in Southeast Asia.

These appointments are in addition to the previously announced naming of Phua Boon Huat as president of SFIC and Mark Yong as immediate past president.

Serving as presidential advisors are: Tony Lin, president, Eurosa Furniture Co Pte Ltd; James Koh, deputy chairman and managing director, Koda Ltd.; Choo Yong Fee, president Cheng Meng Furniture Co. Pte Ltd; Bert Choong, director, International Furniture Fair Singapore; and Ernie Koh, executive director at Koda Ltd. Other presidential advisors include Andrew Ng and James Goh.

Vice presidents include: Steven Chew, executive director, Sitra Global Pte Ltd.; Kenny Koh, group managing director of Star Furniture Pte Ltd.; Jake Tan, executive director, Admira Pte Ltd.; and Joshua Koh,

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Gat Creek to expand domestic plant

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. – Solid wood case goods manufacturer Gat Creek is expanding its plant here by a third, a project that will allow for 75% growth in production capacity when operational next December.

The company said it is adding 30,000 square feet to its existing 100,000-square-foot plant, a project that will represent a roughly $4 million investment in construction and new finishing and woodworking equipment.

The company also is in the process of hiring another 24 workers, which would bring its total to about 160.

Company CEO Gat Caperton said the project has been driven by a surge in orders during the second half, which has occurred in response to demand for its domestically produced line of bedroom, dining room and occasional furniture.

During the third quarter alone, the company had a 40% increase in orders from the same time last year. Orders are projected to increase 25% in

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