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New BIFMA Standard for Office Furniture Fits Fatter Americans

By Alex Keown Posted: 01/29/2015 1:25PM

As American waistlines and backsides are growing thicker, BIFMA, the trade association for office furniture manufacturers, has developed a new standard for a "General Purpose Large Office Chair" that can support occupants weighing up to 400 pounds.


Trending: Gluing Joints, With or Without Glue

By Bill Esler Posted: 01/29/2015 8:19AM

The behavior of wood surfaces in joining wood is a trending top. Bernie Bottens explains how wood interests with glue, while TMI shows glue-less welding of wood using vibration and pressure, a technology developed for metals in the 1960s.


IKEA Sales Growth Slowed in U.S. Market; Up Over 4 Percent

Posted by Bill Esler | Posted: 01/29/2015 7:11AM

IKEA says U.S. store sales increased 4.24% last year, with growth slowing from 6.7% reported the year prior, and 8% in 2012. With e-commerce included U.S. sales rose were up 5.38%. The U.S. is its second largest market after Germany.


Former Cabinet Company CEO Faces Tough First Week as PA Governor

By Alex Keown Posted: 01/28/2015 2:51PM

In office less than a week former cabinet maker turned Gov. Tom Wolf, former CEO of Wolf Home Products, has already faced a number of challenges by Republican lawmakers.




Home Improvement Giant Lowe's to Hire 30,000 Seasonal Employees

By Alex Keown Posted: 01/28/2015 1:51PM

Home improvement giant Lowe’s will hire approximately 30,000 seasonal springtime employees this year.


KBIS 2015 Attendance Sees Dramatic Rise

Posted by Wade Vonasek | Posted: 01/27/2015 6:13PM

The show saw a five percent increase in verified attendance from 2014, with over 500 exhibitors participating.


Top 10 Kitchen Trends: White Cabinetry, Styles Fuse, Pets Matter

Posted by Wade Vonasek | Posted: 01/27/2015 4:21PM

European-styled cabinets, and kitchen cabinetry that is clean with an overall contemporary feeling, topped the list of 2015 design trends from the National Kitchen & Bath Association. A fusion of styles and multiple colors is seen. 2:


Bank Applies to USDA TO Build 11-Story Wood High-Rise in Portland

By Alex Keown Posted: 01/27/2015 1:40PM

Beneficial State Bank, considering constructing an 11-story all-wood high rise in Portland, OR, applies to the USDA to support a structure that would house corporate offices and affordable housing.


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