October 2022

2022 | BIFMA | October 2022Strengthening the Commercial Furniture Industry – Advocating for Innovation, Sustainability, & EducationBIFMA

2022 | BIFMA | October 2022

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.

2022 | BIFMA | In Focus | October 2022An Old Company with New IdeasIOA Healthcare Furniture

2022 | BIFMA | In Focus | October 2022

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.

2022 | BIFMA | October 2022Getting the Message Across: Ghent Brings Communication HomeGhent

2022 | BIFMA | October 2022

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.

2022 | BIFMA | In Focus | October 2022A Company that Gives BackSpecial-T

2022 | BIFMA | In Focus | October 2022

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.

2022 | BIFMA | In Focus | October 2022Over 30 Years of ExcellenceESI

2022 | BIFMA | In Focus | October 2022

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.


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