AVC Group

Nortek Launches ‘Core Brand’ for Home Tech Group

By Julie Jacobson · August 27, 2012 • The former AVC Group at Nortek, with Elan, Niles and Xantech, is now called Core Brands. Pollock, Starkey, Keller, Marshall assume management of all brands.

Mike “Sparky” Detmer To Leave Niles Audio

By Julie Jacobson · June 30, 2012 • Industry veteran Mike Detmer is leaving Niles after 13 years, most recently as president, following a slew of big shakeups at SpeakerCraft, AVC Group and parent company Nortek.

Jeremy Burkhardt Leaves SpeakerCraft, Nortek

By Julie Jacobson · May 22, 2012 • Colorful president of SpeakerCraft "resigns" amid changes at parent company Nortek Inc.; Proficient president Keith Marshall named interim chief.

Nortek Names Sean Burke President of Home Technology Segment

By Julie Jacobson · March 1, 2012 • Sean Burke will lead Nortek’s A/V and home automation brands including SpeakerCraft, Niles, Elan, Panamax, Gefen, Linear and Xantech.

Grant Rummell Reflects on 23 Years Running Nortek CE Brands

By Julie Jacobson · January 27, 2012 • Under Grant Rummell's leadership, Nortek and its Linear subsidiaries acquired an impressive stable of custom- and consumer-electronics brands.

The AVC Group Names Kenneth Johnsen International Training Manager

By CE Pro Editors · September 20, 2011 • Kenneth Johnsen, a 12-year Niles veteran, will develop and implement worldwide sales training programs and teams for The AVC Group distributors and dealers outside of North America.

Add 4 Wireless Subwoofers to Home Theater with Sunfire Kit

By Petro Shimonishi · September 10, 2011 • Existing users can upgrade their media room with powered subs of their choosing, thanks to new Wireless Subwoofer Kit from Sunfire.

Bad Time to be Independent Rep?

By Jason Knott · September 1, 2011 • Four major manufacturers have consolidated or dumped their reps in the past two months. What's going on?

Elan Gives Home Automation, iOS Control to Niles ICS

By Julie Jacobson · August 30, 2011 • Elan lends thermostat, lighting, video and other controls -- as well as iPad/iPhone integration -- to Niles multiroom audio systems.

Nortek AVC Group Consolidates Elan, Niles, Xantech Reps

By Julie Jacobson · August 29, 2011 • Nortek's Audio Video Control group pares down reps from 45 to 15; new batch will rep all AVC lines including Elan, Niles, Xantech, Sunfire and Aton. Brands to maintain separate identities.

Home Tech History: M&As by Nortek, Legrand, Duchossois, D&M

By Julie Jacobson · January 14, 2011 • With its impending acquisition of Klipsch, Audiovox could follow the lead of Nortek, Legrand, Duchossois and D&M. We present a history of mergers and acquisitions among these leading home technology firms.

Jim Hardiman Joins AVC Group; Bob Farinelli Retires

By CE Pro Editors · December 28, 2010 • Hardiman to lead long-term technology and product development programs for Elan, Niles, Xantech , Sunfire, and Aton brands.

Niles, Elan, Xantech Begin Consolidation in Calif.

By Julie Jacobson · November 23, 2010 • Under the Linear AVC banner, Niles rationalizes SKUs, creates a streaming media bundle, shares technology with Elan Home Systems and Xantech.

Niles, Xantech, Most of Elan to Move to Calif.

By Julie Jacobson · August 12, 2010 • In its most dramatic consolidation effort ever, Nortek's new Linear Audio Video Control group is consolidating Niles, Xantech and Elan under one roof in Carlsbad, Calif.

New Linear Group: Harman de ja Vu?

By Julie Jacobson · April 29, 2010 • Former Harman Pro president Mark Terry expects to realign products and channels in the new Xantech/Niles/Elan group, but keep the brands.

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