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Hunter Douglas acquires Gulf Coast Window Covering

Retail Editor 1 -- Home Textiles Today, January 15, 2013

Pearl River, N.Y. - Custom window fashions manufacturer Hunter Douglas has acquired the assets of Gulf Cost Window Covering, a longtime fabricator and distributor of Hunter Douglas custom products.
Terms were not disclosed.
Gulf Coast is based in Houston and serves retail dealers in Texas and surrounding states. It will continue regular operations until the business is merged into the Fabrication Division of Hunter Douglas by the end of March.
Bill Gaul, Gulf Coast Window Covering chairman and ceo, and Tom Connell, president, will remain with Hunter Douglas for an extended period of time to help with the transition. Some key Gulf Coast Window Covering sales staff will remain on after the merger.
"We are grateful to Bill Gaul and Tom Connell and all the Gulf Coast Window Covering employees for their friendship and support over the years," said Marv Hopkins, Hunter Douglas president and ceo. "We also thank Tom's father, Bob Connell, for his leadership of the company from 1978 until his retirement in 1997. Hunter Douglas and our fabrication division, led by Randy Liken, are firmly committed to continuing to provide exceptional service and support to Gulf Coast Window Covering customers."