The results of the 21st edition of
the quarterly MADA/OFI Trends
Survey showed the July 2009 Overall
Survey Index was 48. 3, according to
Michael A. Dunlap & Associates.
The survey measures the business activity of the office furniture
industry and its suppliers. The January 2009 and April 2009 Overall
Survey Index values were 46. 17 and
41. 45, respectively. The highest recorded index was 59. 72 in July 2005.
The average has been 54. 34 since
the survey started in August 2004.
Gross shipments, order backlog,
employment levels, hours worked,
capital expenditures, tooling expenditures and personal outlook
improved significantly compared
with April 2009, but remained
The Personal Outlook Index improved to 45. 85 after falling to 37.04
in January and 41. 38 in April 2009.
Survey shows improvement in industry index
Ethan Allen plans
Nordfab Ducting opens
warehouse in Canada
Ethan Allen will convert its U.S. case
goods manufacturing into a custom business, according to a news report. The conversion will be carried out within a year.
The company’s chairman, president and CEO, Farooq Kathwari, said
the change would enable the company to pursue its objective of growing
the U.S. manufacturing base.
Courmatt partners with WoodLinks Courmatt International is sup- porting WoodLinks USA teach- ers by donating the supplies necessary to teach industry- relevant curriculum. Greg Bialy of Courmatt is offering CNC router tooling free of cost to WoodLinks chools. He will also provide other tools for outers, shapers, drills and saws.
From left: Greg Bialy of Courmatt and Mark Smith of WoodLinks.
Nordfab Ducting’s first warehouse in
Canada, with light fabrication capabilities, has opened in Delhi, Ontario.
Nordfab Ducting is part of Dantherm
Tom Ballus, Dantherm Filtration’s
North American president, said the
warehouse will reduce delivery time for
Canadian customers by two to three
The warehouse will store more than
10,000 pieces of standard clamp-to-gether ducting — such as straight pipes
❯ Foundation Project Award
was given at the 37th Annual
National Arbor Day Awards
❯ Vermont American Power Tool
Accessories recently received the
Retailers’ Choice Award at the
2009 National Hardware Show in
❯ Contact Industries recently
earned ISO 9001:2008
certification from National
Quality Assurance, USA.