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West Bend Housewares Names New President
Aug 20, 2003
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Focus Products Group, LLC announced that it has named Mike Carpenter as the new president of its West Bend® Housewares subsidiary. Focus Products Group, LLC completed its acquisition of West Bend Housewares on July 31, 2003.

West Bend Housewares has been marketing small electrical appliances, including electric woks, toasters, slow cookers, skillets, coffee makers, and corn poppers through leading department and specialty stores since 1911.

Immediately prior to joining West Bend Housewares, Mr. Carpenter was a member of the Focus Investments team that identified acquisition candidates and integration strategies. He previously served as senior vice president of sales and marketing for The Vollrath Company LLC, where he was instrumental in the integration of four acquisitions.

Before joining Vollrath, he was vice president of marketing for Hobart Corporation, where his responsibilities involved retail and foodservice marketing, new product development and corporate branding. He was also the director of sales and marketing for the foodservice division of Anchor Hocking.

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