Founded in 1983, Metrokane, Inc. is the leading North American marketer of wine accessories and barware—including corkscrews, decanters, aerators, wine preservers, cocktail shakers, citrus juicers and bar tools. Metrokane products have wide distribution. They are sold, primarily under the nationally advertised Rabbit® and Houdini™ brand names, by department stores, big box retailers, discount chains, wine & liquor stores and online merchants. Retailers and consumers look to Metrokane for innovative products and the company continues to deliver year after year—starting with the Original Rabbit corkscrew and more recently with Rabbit Chilling Carafe, Rabbit Electric Cocktail Mixer and Rabbit Electric Wine Preserver.
In 2013, Metrokane was acquired by Taylor Precision products, the leading North American marketer of consumer and foodservice precision measurement products. This combination further enhances Taylor’s capability to offer the most meaningful brands and products to retail trade partners and builds a strong cornerstone addition to Taylor’s growing portfolio of companies. Taylor is building upon the sales, marketing and product design capabilities that have been the hallmark of Metrokane’s success.
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Metrokane Mascot - Miki
Miki was born in Brookville Massachusetts on April 21, 2005. She is a rare cross between a Maltese, a Papillon, and a Japanese chin. At eight pounds, Miki is an amazing athlete and loved by all.
Metrokane was founded in 1983 by Riki Kane who had been an advertising copywriter and a syndicated journalist, creator of the popular newspaper word game, "Wordy Gurdy." While travelling in Mexico, she purchased a manual citrus juicer, which she brought home to squeeze her morning orange juice. She was surprised to find that manual juicers had been extinct in the U.S. since the advent of electric citrus juicers in the '50's. Convinced that the manual juicer is superior to the electric kind, she re-introduced it to the American market with a classic retro design called "The Mighty OJ." Metrokane's Mighty OJ Juicer was an immediate success in department and speciality stores around the country.
Initially, Ms. Kane ran the business from her apartment -- expanding her line of juicers and fighting a long, but ultimately successful legal battle against Mighty OJ imitations (called "knock-offs" in the industry). As the company expanded, she was joined in the business by her husband, Bob Larimer, who had recently sold his advertising agency to a large company.
Mr. Larimer took charge of the company's marketing and product development efforts and an array of innovative products were soon introduced by Metrokane. Just as Riki Kane's interest in fresh-squeezed orange juice had led to the Metrokane line of citrus juicers, her husband's interest in fine wine led to a line of Metrokane wine accessories. Mr. Larimer holds a number of patents on Metrokane products including the Bullet Cocktail Shaker, the Faucet Corkscrew and the Velvet Pocket Corkscrew.
Mr. Girgenti has been with Metrokane for over 10 years and is currently the Senior Vice President of Sales. He has over 30 years of valuable experience in the housewares industry. That began with a career as a retail buyer with Federated Department Stores. He later moved to the supplier side of housewares, where he has overseen Sales, Marketing and Product Development for major housewares companies, most recently J. Pomerantz. His combination of retail and supply side experience gives him a unique ability to understand the customers’ perspective. He says, “My background enables me to work with retailers developing products specific to their needs. As I see our industry evolving, successful suppliers will be those who are truly entrepreneurial.”
Mr. Stein joined Metrokane following Taylor’s acquisition of the company in 2013. In addition to managing the Metrokane division, BJ is also the Director of Business Development for Taylor Prevision Products. Prior to his position at Taylor, BJ ran a product development team at OXO and was a consultant at the Monitor Group where he focused on consumer products.