Home appliance shipments nearly match 1994 recordFactory...

REAL ESTATE DIGEST

January 21, 1996

Home appliance shipments nearly match 1994 record

Factory shipments of major home appliances remain nearly even with the record shipments of 1994, according to figures released by the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers.

Home appliance shipments for the first 11 months of 1995 totaled 48,655,100, just 0.1 percent lower than the same period in 1994.

For November, increases in the home laundry and kitchen cleanup categories boosted total monthly home appliance shipments to 4,237,500, 2.4 percent higher than the 4,138,600 recorded in 1994.

A record November shipment of electric clothes dryers contributed to the category's strong showing, bringing clothes dryer shipments to 491,100 units, 13.2 percent higher than 1994. Clothes washer shipments rose 11.4 percent.

Among kitchen cleanup appliances, disposers set a November record with over 850,000 sent to retailers, a 14.7 percent gain over last year. Dishwashers were up just 5.5 percent but still set a November record high with the shipment of 412,500 appliances. Compactor shipments, a small part of the category total, were down 6.3 percent.

Home comfort registered the biggest decline, with room air conditioners down 5.6 percent and dehumidifiers falling 64.8 percent.

Cooking products, microwave ovens and gas and electric ranges, also fell below last year's numbers with a decline of 6.2 percent.

News in Brief

MacKenzie/O'Conor, Piper & Flynn Commercial Real Estate Services said Christopher C. Smith has been awarded SIOR designation by Industrial Office Realtors, an international association of professional commercial real estate brokers.

The Institute of Real Estate Management, a Chicago-based affiliate of the National Association of Realtors, elected as president John N. Gallagher, senior vice president with Polinger Shannon & Luchs Co. in Washington; Jo Anne Corbitt, president of Alliance Commercial Real Estate Services in Nashville, Tenn., was elected president-elect, and Richard F. Muhelbach, president of TRF Management Corp. of Bellevue, Wa., was elected secretary-treasurer.

O'Conor, Piper & Flynn Realtors said Barbara Nock, manager of its Towson/Lutherville office, has been awarded the Certified Residential Specialist designation by the Residential Sales Council of the Realtors National Marketing Institute, an affiliate of the National Association of Realtors. A member of the Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors, Ms. Nock is a certified real estate broker, a graduate of the Realtors' Institute and a leadership training graduate.

Priority Title Co. of Towson said its president, David A. Wilson, has been elected to a two-year term on the board of directors of the Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors.

Ruppert Landscape Co. of Ashton was named "sitework" subcontractor of the year by the Metro Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors. Ruppert also received awards for its work at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center and Hyde Park Plaza in Arlington, Va.

The Associated Landscape Contractors of America also honored Ruppert for its management of Lansdowne Roadways in Lansdowne, Va., and the Silver Spring Metro Center. Installation awards were presented for phases I and II at West Mac in !B McLean, Va. Roadways Work also received an award from the Professional Grounds Management Society.

Swirnow Corp. said John C. Stahl, president of the Baltimore company, has been elected to a three-year term on the board of directors of the Building Congress and Exchange of Metropolitan Baltimore Inc.

On the Move

American Properties appointed Ona Beares sales manager of its Ellicott City office. Ms. Beares is a member of the Howard County Million-Dollar Club and has served on the board of directors of the Howard County Association of Realtors.

Casey & Associates/Oncor International, a Baltimore-Washington commercial and industrial real estate firm, said Kevin F. Wille joined the firm as a marketing specialist in the Baltimore office.

Mr. Wille previously worked as a commercial lender for the First National Bank of Maryland. He has a bachelor of science degree in business administration from the University of Delaware.

Century 21 Farley & Associates said Karen O'Brien and Leona Blackburn have joined the Joppa firm as sales associates.

Davis Homes Inc. named David J. Pawloski sales manager of the Ellicott City firm.

Gilbert D. Marsiglia & Co. Inc. said Steven A. Walman has joined the Lutherville-based real estate company as a sales associate.

Homebuilders Realty Services of Columbia appointed Nancy Podles sales and marketing manager. Ms. Podles most recently served as multicommunity sales manager for Grayson Homes.

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