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Casual Furnishings Industry Responds to COVID-19

Casual Furnishings Industry Responds to COVID-19

HIGH POINT – Spring is typically prime selling season in the outdoor furnishings business, but nearly all International Casual Furnishings Association members responding to a survey fielded last week for the trade group by research firm Industry Insights are expressing deep concerns about the effect the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic will have on their businesses this year.

Although participants reported only one known case of coronavirus among employees at the time of the survey, which was fielded between 11 a.m. on Monday, March 16 and midnight on Wednesday, March 18, an overwhelming 72.8% of the executive respondents noted their companies had…

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Wearbest Weavers Shifts Gears to Support PPE Shortage During COVID-19 Crisis

Wearbest Weavers Shifts Gears to Support PPE Shortage During COVID-19 Crisis

GARFIELD, N.J. - Wearbest Weavers, LLC, a technical textile producer located in Garfield, New Jersey, has long supplied fabrics to the health-care industry—with microbe and bacterial resistant upholstery product used in hospitals, medical clinics, nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

These durable textiles are also bleach cleanable and are not harmed by other hospital- approved disinfectants that fall within CDC recommendations for killing germs.

While the current global health crisis elevates, health care workers have been put at greater risk due to the shortage of basic medical supplies. In response, the company is working towards weaving for PPE…

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New Facebook Group Focuses on Outdoor Furniture Independent Retailers

New Facebook Group Focuses on Outdoor Furniture Independent Retailers

A new Facebook Group for Outdoor Furniture Independent Retailers has been launched by Brad Schweig with Sunnyland Outdoor Living (Dallas, Texas). The idea for the Facebook Group came about shortly after the ICFA Educational Conference in San Diego that was held in February.

“I had some great roundtable conversations at the ICFA Educational Conference as I do at most ICFA events,” Schweig says. “Several of us talked about how it would be nice to chat about common issues as they come up. I started the Outdoor Furniture Independent Specialty Retailers Facebook group with a small number of dealers that I…

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SunVilla Corporation Donates Masks to Senior Caregivers

SunVilla Corporation Donates Masks to Senior Caregivers

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - During the unique times of the COVID-19 outbreak, SunVilla Corporation has been able to donate surplus face masks to caregiving partners in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Story Cottage is a first-of-its-kind caregiving facility for seniors with memory impairments located in Indianapolis, Indiana. Senior Home Companions, partner of Story Cottage, provides in-home care for all ages. The donated face masks have benefitted caregivers and patients alike, allowing patients to continue receiving the care they need with peace of mind.

While following national, state and local guidelines, SunVilla Corporation has been fortunate to be able to continue manufacturing and distributing outdoor…

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Casual Market Chicago and ICFA Preview Show Still On

Casual Market Chicago and ICFA Preview Show Still On

HIGH POINT – The International Casual Furnishings Association reports that they are monitoring the changing conditions of the coronavirus with respect to the ICFA Preview Show and Casual Market Chicago scheduled later this year. No changes to the planned event dates are being made at this time.

“ICFA is firmly committed to the health and safety of its members along with other professionals that contribute to the hosting of these two trade shows at theMART in Chicago,” stated Joe Pucci, president of Great Gatherings and chairman of the board, following a conference call of the ICFA Executive Committee last Friday.…

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Fox News Covers NorthCape’s Transition to Producing Personal Protective Equipment

Fox News Covers NorthCape’s Transition to Producing Personal Protective Equipment

ALSIP, IL - Due to the COVID-19 crisis in the Unites States, NorthCape, an outdoor furniture manufacturer based in Alsip, Ill., has transitioned its production and distribution functions to produce and distribute critical PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) to Healthcare facilities nationwide.

There are some serious shortages of these products and NorthCape is making hospital-approved and nurse-designed fabric masks and nurse gowns. The company is currently producing and has capacity to increase output. Contact Kim Golson: kgolson@northcape.com for more information.

Check out the report from Fox News Here.

www.northcape.com

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In Memoriam: Dan Binzer, Founder of Montigo / Canadian Heating Products

In Memoriam: Dan Binzer, Founder of Montigo / Canadian Heating Products

Montigo is deeply saddened to announce the passing of its founder, Dan Binzer, on Wednesday, March 11, 2020. Dan began building the company we now know as Montigo in the early 1970s. Ever the creative inventor, many of his innovations changed the landscape of the hearth industry. An intensely private man, he never wanted to be the face of the company he built, but touched many lives throughout the years. Although Dan sold the company in June 2016, he remained involved in product design until he officially retired in late 2019. That was the part of the business that Dan…

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Erin Sullivan to Lead Bernhardt’s Luxury Outdoor Line

Erin Sullivan to Lead Bernhardt’s Luxury Outdoor Line

LENOIR, NC - Bernhardt Furniture has tapped Erin Sullivan, former vice president and general merchandise manager of luxury home furnishings brand Frontgate, to lead its Bernhardt Exteriors outdoor furniture line.

Launched in October 2019, the new Bernhardt Exteriors brand offers a range of approximately 70 pieces including sofas, sectionals, accent and swivel chairs, dining tables, dining chairs and occasional tables in custom materials and finishes and luxury performance fabrics.

Sullivan, who will serve as director of Bernhardt Exteriors, held various senior merchandising positions at Frontgate for 19 years and most recently was vice president of Product Development and Merchandising at…

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