Appliance shipments hit all-time high in 1996Factory...

Industry Watch

March 09, 1997

Appliance shipments hit all-time high in 1996

Factory shipments of major home appliances reached an all-time yearly high in 1996, according to figures compiled by the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers.

The industry shipped 55,133,100 units, exceeding by 3 percent the previous record of 53,493,000 established in 1994. Last year's figure was 5 percent higher than those for 1995.

Records were established in five categories. Refrigerators led with 9,045,400, followed by clothes washers (7,128,800), dishwashers (4,841,200), electric dryers (4,284,300), and electric ranges (4,280,600).

While it wasn't a record, 4,825 room air conditioners were shipped, a 12 percent jump over 1995. Microwave ovens posted an 8 percent increase.

December shipments of 4,226,100 units were the second highest for that month in the industry's history. Dishwashers (445,800) and electric ranges (397,300) had record December performances.

Partnership sponsoring home-buying workshop

Harbel Housing Partnership is sponsoring a free two-part home-buying workshop at 6: 30 p.m. Thursday and March 20 at St. John's of Hamilton, 5315 Harford Road.

Part I will cover housing affordability, credit, mortgage programs and information on Baltimore County's Settlement Expense Loan Program.

Contracts, home inspection, settlement costs and working with a Realtor will be included in Part II.

For information or a reservation, call Harbel at (410) 444-2100.

Williams Scotsman makes donation to charity

Williams Scotsman, a Baltimore-based supplier of mobile offices, donated a 60-foot trailer and a check to Houston Habitat for Humanity, which will play host to the Jimmy Carter Work Project June 14 to June 20, 1998.

Each year Habitat for Humanity International and one of its affiliates plays host to former President Carter and thousands of national and local volunteers for a week-long building blitz. The goal in Houston is to build 100 homes.

"Williams Scotsman is one of the earliest companies to step forward with direct assistance to Houston Habitat," said Rev. Michael Shirl executive director of Houston Habitat for Humanity.

Williams Scotsman has more than 50 offices nationwide, including Houston.

News in brief

The AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust announced recently that it will commit $250 million during the next five year to increase homeownership as part of the Department of Housing and Urban Development's National Partners in Homeownership. With nearly $2 billion in assets, the trust has provided financing for more than 50,000 new homes across the U.S.

Long & Foster Real Estate Inc. said Dorothy Kelly, a sales associate in its Bethany Beach/Fenwick Island office, ranked in the top one percent of Realtors nationally based on an income survey conducted by the National Association of Realtors. Licensed since 1986, Kelly sold 50 houses for $7.5 last year.

Lucky Realty Homes Inc., a firm that specializes in rebuilding homes in Baltimore and Baltimore County and selling them to first-time homebuyers, said its president, Arnold Politzer, appeared on WNUV-TV's broadcast of "The Lou Rawls Parade of Stars" to present a contribution from the Pikesville company to the United Negro College Fund.

Pulte Home Corp. of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., received an "America's Best Builder" in the large builder category from the National Association of Homebuilders and Builder Magazine, a trade publication. Builders are judged on their finance/operations, customer service, product/design, marketing and industry and community contributions. The nation's largest homebuilder, Pulte now builds homes in Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Calvert, Frederick, Harford, Montgomery and Prince George's counties.

Re/Max International Inc. reports that it has added 393 real estate franchises in 1996, the second largest increase in the firm's 23-year history. Re/Max now includes 2,811 independently owned franchise with nearly 45,000 sales associates. The January issue of Entrepreneur magazine lists Re/Max as the 16th-fastest-growing franchise and the 24th largest. Re/Max franchises are located in Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, Mexico, Canada, Australia and throughout the United States.

Ruppert Landscape Co. of Ashton received three grand awards from the Associated Landscape Contractors of America for installations at a Potomac residence a new building for the German ambassador and for management at the Freddie Mac Corporate headquarters. The Freddie Mac job also earned Ruppert a honor award for management from the Professional Grounds Management Society.

On the move

Chancellor Mortgage Services Inc. said Anne Caldwell joined its Severna Park office as a mortgage consultant.

MacKenzie, O'Conor, Piper & Flynn Construction Corp. named Richard Brill project manager for the commercial construction firm. Brill previously worked as a senior project manager for The Knott Group. He has bachelor's degree from Virginia Tech and a master's degree from Johns Hopkins University.

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