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Office furniture supplier plans $750K expansion

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Byrne Electrical Specialists will bring 32 new jobs to Montcalm County, Michigan with the construction of a $750,000 manufacturing facility and collaborative workspace.

The expansion is spurred by Byrne’s growing business supplying electrical outlets and data ports to West Michigan office furniture makers Steelcase, Herman Miller and Haworth. In total, Byrne Electrical makes products for a 100 customers throughout the region.


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November 6, 2015 at 7:00 am

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Office furniture manufacturer purchases new facility

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Quality Installation NY Inc. has purchased a former Junior’s cheesecake bakery in Maspeth, New York for $4.5 million to use as a production and warehouse facility.

Located at 58-44 Maurice Ave., the site includes 14,000 square feet on the ground level along with a 1,500-square-foot mezzanine storage area and, above that, 1,500 square feet of office space.

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October 2, 2015 at 7:00 am

RDG Product Strategies Group formed

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A triumvirate of experienced leaders in the contract and commercial furniture industry are joining forces to establish the RDG Product Strategies Group, LLC.

The new firm brings together the complementary talents of Robert Russell, Mike Dunlap and Doug Gregory. Each has dedicated much of their careers to product design and development, engineering, manufacturing, marketing, sales, operations, product management and supply-chain development within the commercial furniture business.

Their multi-disciplinary collaborative design and development practice manages the entire process by creating paths for innovative products from concept to market.

According to the three partners, RDG Product Strategies Group focuses on OEM furniture manufacturers and their Tier 1 suppliers to identify and develop product and market opportunities. RDG uses nimble, lean, and collaborative processes to shepherd product design and engineering, supplier selection and market strategies, to create exciting new products.

“We provide a disciplined, flexible, and focused new-product development model that conforms to the business needs of our clients,” said Gregory. “Our collective industry experience is unique, allowing us to offer exceptional value and understanding of the markets where we engage.”

“It’s an incredible fit for all three of us and the timing is on target to meet the needs of our current and potential clients,” added Dunlap. “There are few organizations in the commercial furniture industry that bring this much talent and experience into a single resource. We are unique. And through our network of connections, we can bring so many more into the process.”

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March 20, 2015 at 7:00 am

Obama’s DHS spent nearly $150M on office furniture

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Funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) — which is due to expire at the end of this week unless an agreement in Washington is reached — has continued to rise under President Obama. His administration claims the agency’s increased funding is necessary to protect the homeland, but records show that the DHS has continued to increase its spending on furniture and office makeovers as its budget has been increased.

A review of records on the official government spending website by the Washington Free Beacon shows the agency has spent nearly $150 million on office furniture and makeovers since Obama took office. Those fiscal years for which he has been responsible and whose budgets have been enacted are FY2010 through 2014.

“The FY 2015 Budget reflects the administration’s strong commitment to protecting the homeland and the American people through the effective and efficient use of DHS resources, continuing the focus on preserving frontline priorities across the Department by cutting costs, sharing resources across components, and streamlining operations wherever possible,” the administration’s request states.

Each year under the Obama administration, DHS funding has increased. The FY 2015 budget request is $60.9 billion, compared with FY 2014’s budget of $60.7 billion. In fiscal year 2013, the DHS budget was $59.2 billion. By contrast, President George W. Bush’s last budget for DHS for FY 2009 was $52.5 billion.

Records show that the DHS spent $147.7 million on furniture for FY 2010 through 2014.

Examples of spending include $4.1 million on “nationwide field furniture management services contract”; $1.3 million on “systems furniture” for its Laguan Niguel, Calif., location; and $1.1 million on furniture for an office in Vermont.


See the full Washington Free Beacon here.

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March 19, 2015 at 7:00 am

Steelcase makes Fortune’s World’s Most Admired Companies list

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Fortune Magazine has recognized Steelcase Inc. as one of its 2015 “World’s Most Admired Companies” in the home equipment and furnishings industry sector. Steelcase stands alongside numerous notable companies this year, including Tupperware Brands, Leggett & Platt and Whirlpool.

In the Fortune survey, Steelcase scored high in categories including Innovation, Social Responsibility, Quality of Management and Quality of Products/Services.

“We are honored by this recognition from Fortune. We feel it is a testament to our employees worldwide, and their commitment to innovation and solutions that help unlock human promise,” said Jim Keane, CEO and president of Steelcase Inc.

2014 marked a big year for Steelcase, aiding its high rankings in the Quality Products/Services and Innovation categories. The company received LEED Platinum Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for its new innovation center at the global headquarters in Michigan. The new facility is now the epicenter of design-thinking and cutting-edge innovation, leveraging more than 100 years of Steelcase research and expertise.

Steelcase also introduced a number of new products in 2014. This includes SOTO(TM) II, a workplace organizational system, which received recognition from Architectural Record, a Product Innovations Merit Award, and Best of NeoCon Silver Award. Additionally, Susan Cain Quiet Spaces by Steelcase was honored with more than five awards, including an Architectural Products Award, Spark Award, and Best of NeoCon Editor’s Choice.

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March 13, 2015 at 7:00 am

Steelcase rebrands healthcare, education divisions

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Steelcase Inc. ( announced the rebranding of its healthcare division from “Nurture by Steelcase” to “Steelcase Health.” The company’s education business – “Steelcase Education Solutions” – is also being rebranded to become “Steelcase Education.”

This change represents the company’s confidence in the healthcare and education business and is part of Steelcase’s strategy for continued growth in both markets.

“Both the healthcare and education industry are in a time of great change. The delivery models in healthcare are changing from volume-based to value-based, while at the same time in education, they are shifting from passive learning to active learning,” said Bob Crain, vice president of strategic markets at Steelcase. “There is a lot of investment in infrastructure in both sectors, and Steelcase is in a unique position to help leading organizations understand how the places where people come together – for work, for learning and for health – can improve the experiences, well being and outcomes of everyone involved.”

Steelcase Health, formerly known as Nurture by Steelcase, will continue to advance the core belief in the “power of place” – to deliver greater connection, empathy and wellbeing for everyone involved in the experience of health.

Steelcase Education, formerly Steelcase Education Solutions, will continue to build on its research to provide insights and solutions for the new classroom paradigm; a learning ecosystem, that carefully considers and intentionally designs for the intersection of pedagogy, technology and space.

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June 2, 2014 at 7:00 am

Caretta Workspace expands office furniture offerings

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Caretta Workspace, a home office furniture and corporate office furniture manufacturer, is expanding its products offerings from traditional computer desks to include standing desks, conference tables, a contemporary and colorful desk made of composite materials, high-efficient LED desk lamps and other products for a modern office.

In addition to modern desks and tables, accessories are available, such as cable trays and integrated power strips, monitor arms for multiple monitors, USB ports at the desktop, computer shelves, file cabinets and more. Customers can purchase directly from Caretta’s facility in Columbus, Ohio, online at or from the factory showroom.

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March 27, 2014 at 7:00 am

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