October 2022

Strengthening the Commercial Furniture Industry – Advocating for Innovation, Sustainability, & EducationBIFMA

Strengthening the Commercial Furniture Industry – Advocating for Innovation, Sustainability, & Education


Marking its fiftieth anniversary, not-for-profit BIFMA International—the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association—plans to kick off 2023 by celebrating the milestone at its annual 360 Leadership Conference at The Ritz-Carlton on Amelia Island January 23-25. The conference is BIFMA’s signature event, bringing industry leaders together around current topics facing the industry.

An Old Company with New IdeasIOA Healthcare Furniture

An Old Company with New Ideas

IOA Healthcare Furniture

IOA Healthcare Furniture has roots that go back to the mid-1920s when Gigi Delmestri launched a furniture business in northern Italy. “He inherited a company that was making horse-drawn steel ploughs for agricultural use, and when the tractor finally came around to Italy, he had a workforce of about seventy people, and he didn’t want to have to shut down,” says Gigi’s great-grandson and IOA’s Executive Vice President Matthew Delmestri. To save the jobs on which his rural village depended, Gigi reinvented his company as a steel furniture manufacturer.

Getting the Message Across: Ghent Brings Communication HomeGhent

Getting the Message Across: Ghent Brings Communication Home


Gone are the bleak old days of stuffy office decor and felt notice boards crammed with memos—and thank goodness. Employers with an eye for the latest trends are going all out to make their offices plush, functional, and environmentally conscious. Alongside this wave of modernity and comfort comes the need to communicate and share information during idea-generating sessions, training, and meetings in fresh and fun ways that work.

A Company that Gives BackSpecial-T

A Company that Gives Back


Special-T delivers Grade-A tables at Grade-C prices through innovation, supply chain best practices, and a customer-first attitude. The company’s story began twenty years ago when Loren Rozeboom recognized an opportunity. As a furniture dealer, he saw a need for a budget table base, and as the father of a son struggling with addiction, he saw the need to give a second chance to people who had completed rehabilitation and were seeking employment.

Over 30 Years of ExcellenceESI

Over 30 Years of Excellence


As businesses across the globe struggle to adapt to the hybrid post-COVID work environment, one company has emerged as a leader in office furniture and equipment, surpassing the quality found at the retail level. From its base in the sun-baked desert of Mesa, Arizona, ESI provides ergonomic equipment and furniture to suit the fast pace of modern office environments. It is reaching new horizons with a planned expansion in Chicago.

A Full Suite of Transportation SolutionsWalgre Transport

A Full Suite of Transportation Solutions

Walgre Transport

Walgre Transport is an asset-based, full-truckload and less-than-truckload logistics service provider specializing in dry-van services, refrigerated services, hazardous materials services, and heated services. Launched in 2014 by two brothers, the Ontario-based family business has grown quickly to serve not only Canada but the United States as well. Today, the company boasts 210 trucks and multiple terminals throughout both countries.

Building Capacity in Anticipation of Massive GrowthPolyplex USA

Building Capacity in Anticipation of Massive Growth

Polyplex USA

Polyplex USA LLC, the Decatur, Alabama-based branch of Polyplex Corporation of India, is poised for massive growth. This major producer of polyethylene terephthalate—aka polyester or PET—film used in packaging and industrial applications wants to expand its capacity, market share, product line, personnel, and facilities.

Positive PotentialLogistics Sector Adapts, Changes and Grows

Positive Potential

Logistics Sector Adapts, Changes and Grows

The past few years have created some uniquely difficult challenges for the logistics sector due to a number of factors, particularly the ongoing pandemic coupled with worldwide geopolitical and economic crises. Large-scale supply chain interruptions, perplexing new rules and restrictions, and turbulent shifts in consumer demand, have all adversely affected almost every single area of the industrial segment, with a domino effect that will linger in the coming years.



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