Midwest and CBK to Merge
May 12, 2009,
Cannon Falls, Minn. — Midwest of Cannon Falls and CBK Styles will merge to become Midwest-CBK, a major home accents company. Midwest is known for its Colonial Candle and Seasons of Cannon Falls brands; and CBK is known for its home and garden décor, gifts and accessories under the CBK Styles brand. The Midwest-CBK merger will be led by Frederic Contino as president, with Terry Stewart as executive vice president of sales, Renee Solczak as vice president of national accounts, and Renee Williams as vice president of independent accounts.
Robert B. Goergen Jr., president of Blyth Inc., Midwest-CBK’s parent company, noted that the merger of the brands into one major company shows Blythe’s “confidence in the giftware and home décor industries, and in the growth opportunities of Midwest-CBK.” The company will operate with offices and manufacturing plants in Cannon Falls, Minn..; Elkin, N.C.; Franklin, Tenn.; Hong Kong; Shenzhen, China; and Union City, Tenn.