Martin & MacArthur Selects Bad Ass Coffee of Hawaii as a Retail Partner

Bad Ass Coffee of Hawaii's Hana Bliss Coffee

Martin & MacArthur Now Carries Select Products from Bad Ass Coffee of Hawaii

The Partnership Connects Two Companies Known for Quality Hawaiian Products

Bad Ass Coffee of Hawaii is known for its exceptional quality and rich traditions, making it the ideal choice as the only Hawaiian coffee we feature at Martin & MacArthur.”

— Michael Tam, President and CEO of Martin & MacArthur

CENTENNIAL, CO, UNITED STATES, August 4, 2021 / — Bad Ass Coffee of Hawaii is proud to announce a new partnership with Hawaii-based retailer, Martin & MacArthur, the largest handcrafter of koa wood furniture and home furnishings in the world, which is also widely known for its exceptional artistry and craftsmanship. Through the partnership, Martin & MacArthur will carry 12-ounce bags of Bad Ass Coffee of Hawaii’s most popular coffees, as well as variety packs, candies, and select merchandise in their 12 stores on the islands of Oahu, Kauai, Maui and Hawaii.

These Bad Ass Coffee of Hawaii products are now available at Martin & MacArthur’s galleries in The Kings Shops Waikoloa, The Shops at Kukui’ula in Kauai and The Shops at Wailea in Maui, The Sheraton Waikiki and the Martin & MacArthur flagship store in Oahu at the Ala Moana Center. Martin & MacArthur will ultimately feature Bad Ass Coffee of Hawaii products in all 12 of its locations.

“We are thrilled to partner with such an iconic and authentic Hawaiian brand like Martin & MacArthur that shares our commitment to crafting premium Hawaiian products," said Scott Snyder, CEO of Bad Ass Coffee of Hawaii. “This exclusive retail relationship provides an elevated consumer opportunity for both brands and plays an important strategic role in re-establishing the Bad Ass Coffee brand in Hawaii.”

“Bad Ass Coffee of Hawaii is known for its exceptional quality and rich traditions, making it the ideal choice as the only Hawaiian coffee we feature at Martin & MacArthur,” said Michael Tam, President and CEO of Martin & MacArthur.

About Bad Ass Coffee of Hawaii®
Bad Ass Coffee of Hawaii was born on the Big Island of Hawaii in 1989 and is dedicated to sharing premium Hawaiian coffees “with a kick” from the Hawaiian Islands through 23 franchise locations, with more to open soon. Today, Bad Ass Coffee of Hawaii stores also serve popular blended drinks, teas, food, along with other international premium coffees and sell popular branded merchandise with exceptional service and the Aloha Spirit. Bad Ass Coffees are available in franchise stores, online and will soon be available through grocery, hospitality, and specialty retail channels. The Bad Ass Coffee of Hawaii brand and franchise is owned by Royal Aloha Franchise Company, LLC. For more information, visit and connect on Facebook and Instagram @badasscoffeeofhawaii. Franchise information is available at

About Martin & MacArthur
Martin & MacArthur is Hawaii’s premier manufacturer and retailer of fine home furnishings and personal accessories, incorporating world-renowned Koa. The Company was founded in 1961 by Jon Martin. As it celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, the Company has expanded to 12 stores throughout Hawaii and a significant online business. All locations feature the Company’s Koa products made by its own 35 craftsmen as well as over 100 local Hawaii craftsmen, creating fine woodwork, paintings, glass sculptures, bronze sculptures, and fine jewelry. For more information, visit

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ZenSpace is Redefining the Shopping Mall as a Destination with the Next Evolution of Co-Working Spaces

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ZenSpace SafeSpace SmartPod Meeting Space Lounge at Westfield Valley Fair in San Jose, California

ZenSpace SmartPod at Westfield Valley Fair in San Jose, California

Newest smart workspace in Westfield Valley Fair combines the comforts of home with the productivity of office and the flexibility of telework

We are pleased to be partnering with ZenSpace to help further define the shopping mall experience in this new era of remote working… as a gathering space to shop, eat, live, work, and play.”

— Kate Diefenderfer, Director of Marketing, Westfield Valley Fair

SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, August 4, 2021 / — ZenSpace, the next generation of on-demand smart workspaces, today announced they are continuing to usher in a new era of co-working and shopping mall experiences with the opening of their newest smart workspace location in Westfield Valley Fair shopping center. At this prominent Silicon Valley location, remote workers can now utilize the company’s innovative ZenSpace SmartPods and a state-of-the-art 15 seater conference room to take conference calls, meet customers or simply have a place to work with peace of mind.

With more organizations embracing remote and hybrid work models there is a growing need for employees to have a work environment that is free from distractions. What sets ZenSpace apart from other co-working spaces is its unique location: Shopping malls. ZenSpace offers remote workers with all of the amenities found in a traditional office setting, such as high-speed Internet, printers and conference rooms. At the same time, ZenSpace also works with shopping mall restaurants and gyms to provide ZenLounge users a better quality workplace experience. It is the unique combination of these two elements that makes ZenSpace a premium workspace destination in today’s post-COVID remote work world.

“We are pleased to be partnering with ZenSpace to help further define the shopping mall experience in this new era of remote working,” said Kate Diefenderfer, Director of Marketing, Westfield Valley Fair. “The ZenRoom adds yet another innovative offering to the center, expanding the ways in which we can serve our community as a gathering space to shop, eat, live, work, and play.”

In addition to the ZenSpace Valley Fair location, the company is opening up a ZenLounge in Westfield Oakridge Mall to give remote workers more places to be productive.

“ZenSpace is the right concept at the right time and a win-win for everyone involved,” said Mayank Agrawal, founder, ZenSpace. “For organizations, ZenSpace allows them to create a satellite corporate campus that is closer to their employees at a cost significantly cheaper than creating it on their own and at the same time provide their remote workforce a high-quality work experience. For shopping mall operators, the steady stream of remote workers inside their properties will drive additional business to their other tenants.”

The company expects to continue expansion. In the past ninety days, ZenSpace has secured partnerships with leading retail real estate owners and operators representing the US /Europe’s largest real estate operators and 1000s of Class A retail and commercial properties.

The new ZenSpace location in Westfield Valley Fair will open on August 19, 2021. To learn more about ZenSpace and pricing, visit our website.

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ZenSpace offers on-demand workspaces – anytime, anyplace. As the fastest growing network of on-demand workspaces in San Francisco Bay Area, ZenSpace has expanded to offer their users the very best in Zen Pods, Zen Lounges and Zen Rooms. The three spaces combine their mobile app, on-demand booking platform, and smart space technology. ZenSpace provides solutions to the following sectors: public spaces (hotels, convention centers, malls, airports), the events industry, and office spaces. ZenSpace is headquartered in San Jose, CA.

About Westfield Valley Fair:
Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, Westfield Valley Fair is one of the most productive shopping centers in the United States, showcasing a unique lineup of international luxury boutiques and iconic global brands. The property is home to Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Christian Dior, Gucci, Bvlgari, Bottega Veneta, Saint Laurent, Tiffany & Co., Christian Louboutin, Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Prada, CH Premier Jewelers, Burberry, Chanel Beauty, Giorgio Armani, Montblanc, Versace, Hugo Boss, Salvatore Ferragamo, David Yurman, Apple, UNIQLO, and Zara. Valley Fair’s ongoing transformative $1.1 billion evolution has welcomed a three-level flagship Bloomingdale’s, sleek new Restaurant Collection home to nationally recognized destinations like Shake Shack and Salt & Straw nestled amidst open-air pedestrian promenades and relaxing outdoor lounges, the continued refinement and expansion of its highly successful Luxury Collection, and the ultra-modern and high-end movie venue ShowPlace ICON cinema. Exemplary additions to the center also include the Digital District — a destination featuring solely direct-to-consumer brands making their brick-and-mortar debut; the recently debuted Asian Food Collection — a highly-curated collection of Korean, Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, and Thai restaurants, including Rooster & Rice, Ramen Nagi, Uncle Tetsu, Lady M, and Vietnoms; as well as the upcoming arrival of the Bay Area’s first Eataly Italian marketplace. For more information, please visit:

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ITFirms Reveals Top Ruby on Rails (ROR) Development Companies

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Recently, ITFirms featured the Top Ruby on Rails (ROR Development Companies.

UNITED STATES, August 4, 2021 / — Considering backend programming languages, Ruby – Python – PHP is amongst the popular ones. There are other server-side languages like SQL to complement these. While the languages for backend development are considerably tough to learn but Ruby makes it easier to develop with niche functionality in minimal time.

-Rapid Application Development (RAD), – Open Source Libraries, – Model View Controller (MVC), -Great Testing Environment, – Code Modifications, and – Migration – makes choosing Ruby on Rails for fast development of custom software solutions.

Also, this general-purpose 'web development framework' fuels projects in – E-commerce application development, Social-media applications, SaaS projects, Live-streaming apps and News, trading and data analytics platforms and likewise.

ITFirms picked the ten best companies having a significant background in the Ruby on Rails framework:

1. SemiDot InfoTech
2. Konstant Infosolutions
3. Triare
4. CodersDev
5. SumatoSoft
6. iQlance
7. Rademade
8. RubyGarage
9. Programmers
10. DigiFutura

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Online Green Building Marketplace Gaining Support

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This Australian start-up is on a mission do something about climate change by making green building products and services easily available to a global market.

'To get to a net zero economy we need to build greener, faster', says Planitree's founder, Jeremy Barnett.”

— Jeremy Barnett

BOWRAL, NSW, AUSTRALIA, August 4, 2021 / — Planitree is delighted to announce that their new online green building marketplace has signed vendors from 15 countries and is positioned for rapid growth.

Building and construction is responsible for 39% of all carbon emissions, and this Australian start-up is on a mission do something about it by making green building and architectural products and services easily available to a global market.

'To get to a net zero economy we need to build greener, faster', says Planitree's Founder, Jeremy Barnett.

And that's where Planitree comes in. By setting out to bring together the best solutions for sustainability and wellness, and making it easy to specify and purchase, Planitree aims to accelerate the adoption of green building technologies for our own wellbeing, and the planet’s.

The Planitree platform is designed to help consumers and building professionals choose the best products from around the world and have them delivered at no cost to the planet through carbon offset – and with a tree planted for every transaction.

With Covid-19 disrupting business travel and promotional events such as trade shows, suppliers urgently need digital sales and marketing, and for them Planitree is a low-cost, low-risk solution to plug into the global green building market with beautiful virtual stores, and multi-site ordering and cross-border fulfilment.

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Teresa Fata Launches TF Interiors, to Widespread Acclaim

LANSING, MICHIGAN, UNITED STATES, August 3, 2021 / — Teresa Fata – a Lansing-based entrepreneur with a long track record of launching successful e-commerce businesses – has always had a strong interest in home décor, design, and helping others.

“Although I’ve started several businesses throughout my career, interior design has always been my passion,” Teresa says. “Traditional interior design services can often be costly and out of reach for so many of us, and as the past year and a half has shown, have positive and personalized spaces is incredibly important. I want to help people achieve their dreams

With Teresa’s inspiring vision, it’s no surprise that, in only a few short months, TF Interiors is becoming renowned within the interior design industry for its exclusive home décor and furniture catalog. With each item hand selected to guarantee the highest quality and value possible, customers are offering up rave reviews.

As Teresa herself states, “I thought about launching TF Interiors for years, and thanks to the acclaim we’ve achieved thus far and the plans we have to grow in the weeks and months to come, my dreams are coming true.”

To learn more about TF Interiors, click here.

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National Floors Direct Gives Professional Advice On The Benefits Of Tile In Your Home

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Why tile may be the right choice for the majority of customers, according to National Floors Direct reviews.

DEERFIELD BEACH, FL, UNITED STATES, August 2, 2021 / — National Floors Direct explains that there are so many options for customers when it comes to flooring, and it can be challenging to narrow down the choices. In a recent blog post, the company explains why tile flooring may be an ideal choice. Making the right choice on flooring can be a long-term investment, so consumers are understandably invested in choosing suitable materials.

According to National Floors Direct reviews on tile floors, 10 of the benefits include:


Variety of Styles


Easily Maintained

Can be Sterilized

Holds up to High Traffic


Won’t Trap Allergens and Dirt

ROI (Return on Investment)

Naturally Cooling

National Floors Direct brings 75 years of flooring experience to the table. They help customers find the right flooring choices for their spaces based on the use, traffic, budget, and more. When choosing the right flooring, tile is an excellent option for many different spaces.

One of the most significant benefits of tile includes the value it brings to a home. “When you sell your house in the future, you'll be glad that you chose tile flooring.” “Buyers consider tile and wooden flooring to be premium flooring options for all the reasons mentioned above. This means that you can cover the cost of installing tiles by pushing up the resale cost when it comes time to move homes.”

National Floors Direct says that for the homeowners who are not planning to sell in the near future, the tile still offers a number of benefits that could make it the ideal flooring choice. Choosing a floor that is incredibly easy to clean and sanitize is a considerable benefit. Another advantage is how well the flooring holds up to the typical wear and tear caused by high traffic. These are often essential flooring factors for those who have pets or small children in the home.

Tile is ideal for the bathroom, kitchen, laundry room, and entryway—all areas that may see a lot of moisture, says the company, but it could easily go in any room of the house. “You can use tile in parts of your bedroom or the entire bedroom.” “It also works well in the living spaces, especially if you have pets and need to keep the area clean.”

The flooring company also notes this is a wise flooring investment for property owners that rent out their spaces. They are easy to install and offer a highly durable floor with minimal upkeep. The easy-to-clean-and-sanitize benefit is also helpful for landlords when tenants come and go.

Finally, National Floors Direct goes on to say that tile is an eco-friendly building material. Tiles are made from clay (porcelain or ceramic) or stone, which are all considered sustainable materials that can be recycled.

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Cubaocho Art Museum, Inc. recibe financiación de parte del programa SVOG

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Dr. Rafael Marrero

Dr. Rafael Marrero

Gracias a este subsidio federal, otorgado a pequeños negocios afectados por la pandemia de COVID-19, la reconocida firma podrá recuperarse y seguir adelante.

Este dinero ha llegado en un momento crítico. Aparte de ayudarnos a sobrevivir a la pandemia, también nos permitirá mejorar el negocio, darles trabajo a más empleados y salvar a varias familias.”

— Roberto Ramos, fundador/presidente de Cubaocho.

MIAMI, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, July 30, 2021 / — Cubaocho Art Museum, Inc. ─firma que cobija al emblemático Cubaocho Museum & Performing Arts Center, de la Calle 8, en el famoso vecindario miamense de Little Havana─ acaba de obtener más de medio millón de dólares de parte del programa de Subvenciones para Operadores de Locales Cerrados (SVOG, por sus siglas en inglés).

«Este dinero ha llegado en un momento realmente crítico. Aparte de ayudarnos a sobrevivir a la pandemia, también nos permitirá mejorar el negocio, darles trabajo a más empleados ─principalmente, músicos, artistas─ y salvar a varias familias, ya que mucha gente depende de nosotros», dijo, entusiasmado, el presidente de la firma, Roberto Ramos.

Su esposa y vicepresidenta de la compañía, Yeney Fariñas-Ramos, por su parte, compartió el criterio de que la financiación «no pudo llegar en un mejor momento, justo cuando pensábamos que íbamos a perderlo todo. En realidad, no creímos que fuera a suceder, pero, evidentemente, hay un Dios mirando por nosotros y un team de expertos que son los mejores».

La ejecutiva se refiere a Rafael Marrero & Company, prestigiosa firma de gestión y consultoría empresarial, también afincada en la ciudad de Miami, que estuvo a cargo de tramitarles la financiación del SVOG de principio a fin.

«Estamos muy agradecidos con Marrero, y reconocemos la actitud tan linda y tan positiva de su equipo de especialistas. Es más: aunque no nos hubieran aprobado la ayuda, igual les hubiéramos agradecido por el excelente trabajo que han hecho con nosotros», recalcó Yeney.

En esa misma posición de gratitud se encuentra el fundador de Cubaocho, para quien Marrero es el salvador de la comunidad. «Realmente, Marrero salva a los negocios que más lo necesitan, a los empleados… En nuestro caso, ha ayudado a salvar a más de 20 familias, principalmente, familias de músicos, que son los que alivian el corazón», puntualizó.

Concedido por la Administración de Pequeñas Empresas (SBA, por sus siglas en inglés) a raíz del impacto del coronavirus, el SVOG brinda ayuda económica a los pequeños negocios del sector del entretenimiento en vivo que han resultado más perjudicados por la pandemia. Cubaocho, pilar del arte cubano del siglo XIX e inicios y mediados del siglo XX, fue uno de ellos.

Hasta la fecha, el programa ha otorgado $7,5 mil millones de dólares en subvenciones a más de 10,000 pequeñas empresas vinculadas con el mundo del espectáculo en directo. Según anunciara la SBA esta semana, más de dos tercios de los subsidios se han otorgado a negocios con menos de 10 empleados, cumpliendo así con el objetivo de darles prioridad a las firmas más pequeñas.

Acerca de Cubaocho Art Museum, Inc

Considerado por muchos como un sitio de obligada visita en la Pequeña Habana, este espacio de galería y reunión alberga una gran colección de arte cubano, una biblioteca de investigación y un bar-cafetería distinguido por su variada selección de rones. Asimismo, cuenta con una importante colección de revistas cubanas previas a 1959, entre ellas, “Carteles”, “Vanidades”, “Bohemia” y “El Fígaro”.

Quienes aman la cultura, en general, y el arte cubano, en particular, llegan allí para apreciar las obras expuestas, asistir a espectáculos en vivo y cubanísimas descargas, así como también para degustar los famosos puros y mojitos del lugar.

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Rafael Marrero & Company es una consultoría de gestión que asesora a emprendedores sobre cómo hacer negocios con el Gobierno de los Estados Unidos. Con el Dr. Rafael Marrero a la cabeza, la firma ha sido reconocida en dos ocasiones por la revista Inc. como una de las 500 empresas privadas de mayor crecimiento del país y como una de las 50 mejores compañías en términos de cultura empresarial.

En 2016, el Dr. Marrero recibió el máximo galardón otorgado a negocios minoritarios del país por parte del Concilio Nacional del Desarrollo para Empresas Minoritarias. En 2019, ganó el Premio Sunshine en la categoría de Small Business del año, que otorga la Cámara de Comercio Hispana del Sur de la Florida, y en ese mismo año, publicó el bestseller de Amazon La salsa secreta del Tío Sam, primer libro sobre contratación federal especialmente dedicado a la comunidad hispana.

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“El Dr. Marrero cumplió con su promesa de ayudarnos con el grant”

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Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ) Re-dedicates Worship Building in Surrey, BC Amid Pandemic

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Iglesia Ni Cristo church officers and members in front of the house of worship in Surrey, BC, for a memorable group photo, hours before the worship service to be officiated by the Executive Minister, Brother Eduardo Manalo, via live streaming from Manila, Philippines.

INC chapel in Surrey, BC, was recently renovated and expanded to accommodate the growing number of INC members. It was among the worship edifices rededicated to God by Executive Minister, Brother Eduardo Manalo, in a worship service via live streaming from Manila, PHL.

Members of the Iglesia Ni Cristo in Surrey, BC, after the worship service led by the INC Executive Minister, Brother Eduardo V. Manalo, via live streaming from Manila, Philippines.

Another beautiful house of worship in Canada renovated by Iglesia Ni Cristo brings their total worship buildings completed during pandemic to 143 worldwide.

SURREY, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA, July 30, 2021 / — Despite the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC or Church Of Christ), an international religious organization, overcame all impediments and completed the renovation of a house of worship in Surrey, BC.

The church building, formerly owned by the Surrey Pentecostal Assembly, was purchased for approximately $2.3 million in October 2002 by the INC through voluntary contributions from its members. It then went through renovations to meet INC worship building standards and was first dedicated on October 11, 2003.

As for the INC congregation itself, it was established in June 1996. Hence, the INC in Surrey has been part of the community for the past 25 years.

The 328-seater worship building, located at 15145 68 Avenue, Surrey, BC V3S 2B8, once again opened its doors while adhering to current government restrictions. Via live video streaming from the Philippines, INC Executive Minister Brother Eduardo V. Manalo led a special worship gathering on July 24 to mark the 107th Anniversary of the INC, which re-emerged in the Philippines on July 27, 1914. The gathering also served to simultaneously dedicate several houses of worship in different parts of the world, including the newly renovated chapel in Surrey. To date, 143 worship buildings have been built and renovated during this time of the pandemic.

Despite unavoidable delays due to COVID-19 restrictions, the project officially received its Fire Safety Renovation Permit from the Surrey Fire Department in January 2020 and its Demolition Permit from the City of Surrey in July 2020. More than $1.3 million worth of renovations went into beautifying the property, all through the voluntary contributions of INC members.

District Minister of British Columbia, Brother Moriel Cadacio explained the importance of houses of worship. “It is important for us inside the Church Of Christ to beautify the house of worship because it is the house of our Almighty God. His name dwells in the house of worship, and we would like to give honor and glory to our Almighty God. It is for the worship service to our Almighty Father. That is the reason we did everything, through prayers, striving hard, with all the brethren helping so that the renovation would be completed although there were hindrances along the way.”

During the renovation, the facade was demolished and rebuilt in accordance with the INC’s architectural design, including the adding of three steeples that are prominent in worship buildings worldwide. The building went through extensive upgrades and fitted with a new, expanded raised podium and choir loft, redesigned ceiling, modernized lighting system in the sanctuary, and a balcony on the second floor to accommodate more worshipers. Stairs were built, one on each side of the foyer. Sanctuary windows were replaced in offices and rooms.

Other upgrades were also done in the building’s facilities. An automatic standby generator was also placed, while a new intrusion system, a security video system, a brand-new organ, and audio and video systems were also installed. Volunteers worked on the exterior of the worship building which was finished with a completely new stucco wall. An open concrete walkway and canopy on one side of the building leading to the podium were also added. Finally, concrete walkways were built to facilitate exits to the front and rear doors of the sanctuary.

The Iglesia Ni Cristo was first registered in the Philippines on July 27, 1914 by its first Executive Minister, Brother Felix Y. Manalo. After 107 years, it has spread to 158 countries and territories with its members belonging to 147 nationalities and races.


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Could Raw Material Supply Shortages Slow Down the Economic Recovery?

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Formaspace built these electro-polished stainless steel mobile workstations for a cleanroom facility that manufactures and tests satellite components located in Florida’s Space Coast.

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This heavy-duty Benchmarx™ was built for use as a multifunctional assembly station at a manufacturing company. It features a laminate countertop material and a custom back-mounted pegboard panel for keeping tools organized.

Read more about what are the recent shortages of raw materials affecting the furniture manufacturing and construction industries.

Many steel and aluminum mills – especially in overseas locations where vaccination rates are still very low – are struggling to reboot production levels to keep up with rapidly increasing demand.”

— Formaspace

AUSTIN, TEXAS, UNITED STATES, July 27, 2021 / — Back in February, we first wrote about the shortage of computer chips bedeviling the automobile manufacturing industry – at the time, we dubbed it the “chip-pocalypse.”

But soon afterward, we began to hear from supply chain managers that, yes, while chips were indeed in critically short supply, the bigger story was that, in the words of one manufacturing exec in the Midwest, “chips were an easy scapegoat – it’s not just chips, everything in the supply chain is jammed up now.”

So what are the main reasons that many raw materials are in short supply, and when will things return to normal?

We decided to focus on what is happening with material supplies in our industry, furniture manufacturing, to see what is going on and how supplies might ease up in the coming months.

But first, here is a useful tip: if you are contemplating a new order, talk to your Formaspace Design Consultant now about placing your order earlier than usual to avoid the impact of longer lead times for some materials. And if you are flexible on material choices, your Design Consultant can also advise you on which material options have shorter lead times.

Steel And Other Metal Raw Materials

Here at our factory headquarters in Austin, Texas, we use a lot of carbon steel to fabricate the famous heavy-duty frames found in all Formaspace workbenches, tables, workstations, and desks.

We also source a lot of stainless steel for making furniture destined for settings such as cleanrooms, laboratories, as well as hospitality settings, such as food service kitchens.

As part of our Made-in-America manufacturing philosophy, we use locally sourced steel and other metals, which gives us a significant lead time advantage over other manufacturers that are reliant on overseas metal suppliers.

Nonetheless, there is increasing pressure on steel and other metal supply chains overall due to production cutbacks during the pandemic, which let inventory levels fall off significantly.

As a result, many steel mills and aluminum foundries and mills – especially those in overseas locations where vaccination rates are still very low – are struggling to reboot production levels to keep up with rapidly increasing demand.

US tariffs on foreign steel and metal imports, first introduced by the Trump administration to encourage American steel manufacturing, are still in place. The tariffs have given domestic metal manufacturers increased pricing power.

For example, the CRU Index for carbon steel, a widely-used benchmark from the Commodities Research Unit (CRU), which tracks the future commodity prices of Hot-Rolled Coil Steel (HRC) produced in the Midwest, has leaped from around $450 a ton last year to around $1,650 this month – a 360% increase.

Reasons For Concern

– Prices for raw metal materials are way up, hot-rolled coil steel (used in extruded frames, for example) is up 360% compared to last year.
– Demand for metals bottomed out during 2020 due to low demand, causing mills and foundries to cut production. But demand has returned, creating major shortages.
– Many overseas mills and foundries are still experiencing high levels of Covid infections among their populations, which is slowing a return to full production capacity.
– US tariffs on imported metal products keep overall metal prices higher in the US.
– Demand for metal products is also rising due to increased construction activity. If the proposed Infrastructure Bill is passed, demand for metals used in bridges, wiring, etc. will increase further.
– Other metals not commonly used in furniture production, such as copper and lithium used in green energy projects, are also in short supply and could slow down efforts to build new green infrastructure projects to address climate change.

Reasons For Optimism

– Vaccination programs are helping protect workers in the US, Europe, and the UK, allowing their workforces to return to full strength.
– Higher prices are helping metals manufacturers restart factories to increase production, which should eventually lead to lower prices.
– The Biden administration may elect to ease US tariffs on imported metal products, which would reduce raw material prices for US manufacturers.

Engineered Materials And Laminates

Here at Formaspace, we offer our customers a wide variety of material options – even our so-called standard products can be customized by selecting among different work surface material options to meet the unique requirement of your application.

These material options include work surfaces made from high-pressure laminate (HPL); long-lasting engineered epoxy; durable, chemically-resistant phenolic resin; soft HDPE (to prevent scratching products); ESD protective surfaces (to prevent damaging sensitive microelectronic circuits); stainless steel (discussed earlier); and even maple hardwood surfaces (discussed in the next section on wood-based products).

Reasons For Concern

– Some work surface materials, such as epoxy countertops, are currently experiencing significantly longer lead times than normal – in some cases, twice as long as compared with April 2020.

Reasons For Optimism

– Production lead times should begin to drop as factories return to full-scale production and ease the backlog of orders.
– Talk to your Formaspace Design Consultant about placing your order early, as well as looking at material options to minimize lead times.

Wood-Based Raw Material Products

Compared to many furniture manufacturers, Formaspace (and our sister entity, Formaspace Contract, which creates custom solutions for the office, hospitality, and other related markets) does not use a significant amount of wood or wood-based raw materials in making furniture – we typically use heavy-duty steel to frame our furniture products.

The one exception is specialty woodwork surfaces, including our popular hardwood maple tops used in both office and industrial applications, or our bespoke hand-made desks, credenzas, and conference tables that feature unique custom wood selections, such as live-edge walnut.

This is in contrast with other furniture manufacturers (especially those making products for residential or hospitality markets) that may heavily rely on white pine, chipboard, or MDF materials that are hidden underneath upholstered or plastic laminated surfaces.

But it’s the adjacent construction market that is suffering the greatest impact from the overall shortage of dimensioned lumber and other wood and wood-based raw materials.

Construction industry analysts point to the sharp increase in lumber prices (especially plywood*) that is boosting the average cost of a new home by $36,000, according to the National Association of Home Builders.

According to researchers at North Carolina State University’s College of Natural Resources, the price of lumber hit an all-time high in May 2021 (at nearly $1,700 per thousand board feet), which is a 400% price increase compared to May 2020.

*Paying around $10 for a ½ inch sheet of plywood is a distant memory. Searching for a sheet of standard plywood today, the retail price at Home Depot is $22. According to US BLS statistics, the Producer Price Index cost of plywood dipped to 195 basis points in December 2019, in May 2021, it had jumped up by 200% to 392.

Why the big increase in wood prices?

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Will the Energy Market Go from Bust to Boom in 2021?

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drillbits repair station oil pipe rehabilitation setup

Formaspace can manufacture custom solutions that make quick work of many kinds of specialized tasks, such as the oil pipe rehabilitation setup shown above that helps oil field workers keep drill pipe in serviceable condition.

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Formaspace manufactures custom laboratories for the petroleum industry; shown above is an oil completion lab that features ample casework storage and long-lasting, chemical resistant phenolic resin worktops for years of service.

As the nation (and world) recovers from the Covid pandemic, we look at the top 10 issues that are affecting the energy markets.

The energy market has been caught up in the Culture War before; just think about the fights over Hummer gas guzzlers and energy-efficient lightbulbs.”

— Formaspace

AUSTIN, TEXAS, UNITED STATES, July 27, 2021 / — 1. Could Energy Prices Break New Records As The World’s Economy Recovers From Covid?

As of this writing, the July contract price for West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil has broken $70 per barrel, bringing it in line with prices from 2018 – e.g. before the price falls that predated the precipitous cliff edge collapse of oil futures into negative dollar territory last spring during the initial phase of the pandemic.

Will oil prices go higher? Yes, but the question now is by how much and how quickly.

There are still imbalances in the economy – for example, employment is still 7.5 million workers below the pre-pandemic levels, yet many employers are having trouble finding workers. But vaccination rates are going up here in the US, in the UK, and, by summer, in the EU, all of which should help drive up demand.

On the supply side, the upstream oil and gas industry (including the all-important unconventional fracking sector) needs to recover from extensive layoffs, well shutdowns, mergers, and bankruptcies that have taken place over the past two years before it begins firing on all cylinders again.

The Fed is signaling now that we should expect higher prices overall in the coming months. It may even have to raise interest rates this year, and Fed Chair Janet Yellen says we could see inflation rates as high as 3% this year (though she expects it to be a temporary phenomenon).

In this scenario, $100/bbl oil prices may be here quicker than we know it.

2. The Biden Administration Races To Tighten Oil And Gas Industry Regulations Unwound By The Trump Administration

For oil and gas E&P companies, the news out of Washington has to feel like a rollercoaster ride, as regulations loosened by executive orders of the Trump administration have been reversed one by one by the incoming Biden team.

These wide-ranging actions include canceling recent oil and gas lease options, curtailing oil and gas drilling in Alaska, revoking the Keystone XL oil pipeline permit, and seeking to reinstate limits on off-gassing (flaring) methane and other gases at wellheads.

The Biden administration has also pulled back on lawsuits against California and the other states who sought to instate higher mileage and more stringent pollution requirements on new cars and trucks.

Some things don’t appear to be changing: oil and gas exploration off the coast of Florida and the eastern seaboard appears to remain off the table, for now, thanks to Florida’s pivotal role in election politics.

3. Activist Shareholders And Court Challenges Redraw The Future Of The Fossil Fuel Industry

May 26, 2021, may go down as one of the most remarkable days in the history of the oil and gas industry.

According to Barron’s, that day, a newly-formed environmental activist hedge-fund, “Engine Number 1,” won three of the 12 seats on the board of Exxon Mobil, allowing it to advocate for “energy transformation” at the oil giant from an unprecedented position within the company’s executive leadership.

On the same day, a court in the Netherlands ordered Shell Oil to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 45% by 2030, as calculated from 2019 levels.

(This news comes as Shell completes its “Project Reshape” designed to restructure the company to cut the cost of its oil and gas production by 40%. The company anticipates another major round of US layoffs and has recently announced a sale of its Deer Park refinery operations in Houston to Pemex.)

What is the long-term impact of these revelations of May 26, 2021?

Two areas to watch:

One, will financial ratings agencies downgrade oil and gas companies; and two, will Big Oil companies continue to be able to finance expensive oil and gas projects, or will they follow the path of Big Coal and watch the financing spigot dry to a trickle?

4. Energy Policy Returns To The Frontlines Of The Culture Wars

Now that the Coronavirus pandemic is on the wane and arguments over wearing masks have lost their impact, new political fights are looming on the horizon.

The energy market has been caught up in the Culture War before; just think about the fights over Hummer gas guzzlers and energy-efficient lightbulbs.

But prepare yourself for another round of fighting over energy policy, rather than an important discussion of how best to make policy that serves our economic and environmental needs.

For example, an oil development company in Colorado took out full-size billboard advertisements trolling the outdoor sports apparel company North Face who wouldn’t sell their employees jackets with the oil firm’s name embroidered on them.

Meanwhile, President Biden was criticized by fans of gas-powered pickup trucks for “virtue signaling” by test driving a prototype all-electric Ford F-150 Lighting pickup truck.

5. Energy Consumption In 2021

According to the latest information available from the government’s Energy Information Administration, domestic energy use during January and February 2021 has generally caught up with usage during the same months of 2020 and 2019, with residential energy use a little bit ahead (possibly due to Work from Home and other factors) and transportation energy use a little bit behind (possibly due to fewer airline flights and less driving before the effect of vaccinations took hold).

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Julia Solodovnikova
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Source: EIN Presswire