LSI Four Year Contract Extension with ChevronTexaco

 LSI Industries Inc., (NASDAQ:LYTS), a leading U.S.-based manufacturer of outdoor and indoor lighting and graphics for commercial, industrial and multi-site retail applications, announced that they have received a four year contract extension with ChevronTexaco. ChevronTexaco controls a branded network of nearly 8500 locations and LSI has been the primary provider of Image oriented graphic and lighting products and related services.

“We are very proud of our 30 year relationship with Chevron”, said LSI EVP Robin Hood. “We have grown in capability, experience and technology from the ‘iron sharpens iron’ opportunity provided by working with this outstanding organization.” LSI’s contract extension will allow the Company to continue to support one of the most recognized brands in the world with their needs for Graphics, Lighting and Program Implementation services.

Chevron’s brand is a key asset of the Company. It drives a statement of value, quality and consistency. LSI’s contribution to Chevron’s overall brand objectives are taken very seriously. As Robin Hood indicates, “We know that our execution of Chevron’s brand standards will have a direct impact on their market presence. Our deep understanding of their Image standards and material specifications, allows us to implement all elements in the program with a high level of accuracy. Our ability to do this with precision is the result of thirty years of experience in total brand asset management.”

LSI also has a long standing relationship with the independent gasoline marketer communities that serve as their joint customer base. Hood points out, “We value our interaction with this group of entrepreneurial organizations and work to assist them with the intricacies of their individual site orders. We make every effort to simplify the process as much as possible.”

Chevron program leader and LSI NSM Patrick White remarks, “Our experience in the Petroleum market, including the manufacture and rollout of ‘total brand image packages’, has made us a natural fit for petroleum, and retailers at large, looking to create greater impact with their brand environment programs.”

LSI’s goal is to help their customers achieve a boost in sales, brand profile and improved traffic. To achieve this, Hood concludes, “We work diligently to understand requirements and deliver on commitments—the basics that ‘sound simple, but are not always easy’.”

About ChevronTexaco
Chevron Corporation is an American multinational energy corporation. Headquartered in San Ramon, California, Chevron is active in more than 180 countries, and is one of the world’s largest oil companies. In 2018 it reported earnings of $159 billion. As of 2019, Chevron ranked eleventh in the Fortune 500 list of the top US closely held and public corporations and 28th on the Fortune Global 500 list of the top 500 corporations worldwide. Chevron is incorporated in California. For more information, visit (corporate)

About LSI Industries, Inc.
LSI Industries Inc. (NASDAQ:LYTS) is a U.S.-based manufacturer of lighting, graphics and technology solutions for both indoor and outdoor applications.  LSI is a leading solutions provider to several primary end-markets, including petroleum, automotive, quick serve restaurants, grocery, banking, retail, renovation, parking and warehousing.  LSI’s products are marketed throughout North America through a network of independent sales representatives and distributors, as well as through national accounts.  LSI partners with customers to provide a full range of design support, engineering, installation and project management services.  Headquartered in Blue Ash, Ohio, LSI currently employs over 1,200 employees and operates seven facilities throughout the United States. Learn more:

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FRCH NELSON & American Girl Holiday Stores

American Girl unveiled two new in-store experiences this month in their New York City flagship store on Rockefeller Plaza. Award-winning retail design firm FRCH NELSON partnered with the iconic brand to envision both experiences that will be open throughout the holiday season.

Girls can now experience a day in the life of one of American Girl’s most popular dolls, Julie. The pop-up called “Julie’s Groovy World” immerses guests in her 1970’s world. The in-store activation encourages interactive play between girl and doll and brings Julie’s message of girl empowerment to life, teaching girls its okay to speak up and be yourself.

Straight from the books, guests can hang out in her bedroom featuring beaded curtains and a signature egg chair. To commemorate Julie’s aspirations of being a basketball player and civic leader, there is a “pop-a-shot” game and voting booth to interact with. The space also features multiple photo ops including a three-dimensional view of Julie’s hometown skyline of San Francisco, a vintage Volkswagen Beetle, and more.

“We partnered with American Girl to celebrate one of their many iconic characters in a truly immersive environment,” said Robyn Novak, Vice President and Managing Creative Director of FRCH NELSON. “The idea is that the activation can be rotational to help educate their young fans on some of the brand’s most beloved characters and offer a unique, unforgettable experience.”

The firm also partnered with American Girl to create an in-store Doll Hospital experience centered around educating girls about healthy habits, self-care, and overall wellness. The experience helps customers make a stronger emotional connection with the American Girl brand, rather than just a transactional interaction.

Girls can go through the entire checkup process with the associates, filling out health charts, administering vital exams, engaging in the hands-on process along the way.

“These micro experiences set American Girl apart by creating more meaningful connections between a girl and her doll,” explained Novak. “Julie’s Groovy World and the Doll Hospital are completely authentic to the brand and provide girls with an immersive experience that will stay with them long after the store visit.”

The two micro experiences will be open throughout the holiday season offering their customers a chance to engage with the brand like never before.


FRCH NELSON, a NELSON brand, is a global brand experience firm delivering architecture, interior design, graphic design, branding services, and consulting services for all facets of the retail and restaurant industry, from innovation to implementation. As the retail center of excellence within NELSON, we combine over 50 years of experience with cross-functional talent and geographic reach to turn ideas into actions.  FRCH NELSON was recognized as the 2018 “Design Firm of the Year” by Design:Retail Magazine, among many other accolades. Clients include Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Tiffany’s, Yum! Brands, The Kroger Company, Disney, American Girl, T-Mobile, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Target. Visit to learn more.


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Technology: Is there a positive impact in Mfc?

Technology is continuing to amaze us in all walks of life. The automotive industry is no different, either, taking advantage of new inventions. It’s not only our cars that are benefitting from technological advances, though — the manufacturing industry is, too.

In the future, it’s anticipated that this human aspect can be removed completely, with technology helping to provide a fully integrated and fully automated form of quality control. While some of the public are concerned that jobs will be lost as it keeps progressing, it can only be a good thing for manufacturing companies as it continues to help improve productivity and efficiency. It will be interesting to see what we welcome to factories next!

In this article, we look at the ways in which technology has impacted the manufacturing and the effect this has had on productivity and efficiency.


The process of Metrology can’t be too reliable, as faulty parts may well be produced in a batch and slip through after the checks. That’s why the ever-improving embedded metrology will continue to help manufacturers produce a better product. This quick and convenient solution is a lot more accurate and requires little human interference.

An advantage of this process however is that quality control can traditionally be a very time-consuming and expensive project. There would be randomly selected machine-made parts that would be individually tested, and if they passed the test, the batch it came from would be validated.

The impact of Drones

As well as making sure the equipment is still in a good enough condition, the drones are providing the company with video and still footage that can be stored to allow the plant to compare its findings over a period of time to monitor any changes or patterns that are noticeable. This has become an indispensable tool for the factory, with the drones greatly improving productivity and efficiency.

For example, Ford Servicing has started to use drones to help perform risky inspections on the factory’s equipment in it’s Dagenham engine plant. The company is benefitting massively, saving almost 12 hours on each inspection and reducing the time it takes to check the equipment from 12 hours to 12 minutes. Not only can drones provide a quick and thorough inspection, but they eliminate the health and safety risk of someone needing to scale up to 150 feet to look at gantries.

Advancements within print

Despite common misconceptions, the use of robotics isn’t aimed at replacing humans, but more so making employees’ jobs easier. Automated printers for example, like those used by Voodoo Manufacturing, don’t need to be manned anymore and can continue working 24 hours a day.

As human error can be extremely costly, 3D printing can be extremely beneficial. While it’s still early days for the technology, it has the potential to have a massive impact on practicality. It’s expected that this invention will transform nearly every industry as it changes how manufacturers will do business and will impact material costs, the traditional assembly line and product pricing strategies.


While such suits were more likely to appear on the big screen in movies such as Iron Man just a few years ago, the creation of bodysuits is having positive feedback from its users, with many claiming they aren’t as sore after a shift if they’ve been wearing the technology.

Ford’s Michigan plant is also using innovative technological developments to help its workforce. It was announced in 2017 that line workers in the plant would pilot exoskeleton suits — wearable technology that can help support a worker’s arms while they undergo tasks above their heads. These suits can also be adjusted to support different weights, depending on the wearer’s needs.



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ALW announced that it has acquired v2 Lighting Group, Inc. of San Jose, CA, a move that further strengthens ALW’s position as an industry-leading manufacturer of specification-grade architectural and decorative LED luminaires. v2 Lighting Group is the leader in high-performance and highly-configurable cylinders, pendants, and sconces, making their product lines extremely complementary to ALW’s linear, MoonRing, and bespoke designs.
v2 leadership and other key roles will join the ALW team, as part of the transaction. Chris Varrin, founder and CEO of v2 will become the Chief Design Officer at ALW, overseeing marketing, brand strategy, engineering, and new product development. Mitch Dale, COO of v2 will become the Chief Integration Officer at ALW, leading the integration management for the combined operations, supply chain, and manufacturing.
“This is a key acquisition that supports our aggressive growth strategies,” stated Jeff Croskey, CEO of ALW. “From product line, company culture, synergy, and financial contribution standpoints, combining forces with v2 is an incredible opportunity for ALW, our agents, and our customers. Having Chris and Mitch join our leadership team not only demonstrates their confidence in our combined strength, but also ensures our mutual focus on innovation, product quality, and excellent customer service.”
Chris Varrin, now Chief Design Officer at ALW, added, “Exceptional products have always been at the core of v2. This consolidation of the two companies under a common vision allows us to innovate and grow more effectively, ultimately providing our customers with the best products available. ALW’s resources, state-of-the-art manufacturing, and commitment to excellence solidified this partnership decision.”
Integration activities will be completed in early 2020 with a focus on maximizing the value generated by the acquisition and minimizing any disruption to the sales channel and customers.
About ALW
ALW (Architectural Lighting Works) is an innovative, award-wining architectural lighting manufacturer based in Oakland, California, with a mission to Illuminate the Soul™ via a portfolio of over 60 linear and decorative luminaires. ALW has been creating inspiration and illumination since 2005 for clients such as Microsoft, Volkswagen, Tesla, Whole Foods, Nike, and Google. ALW’s portfolio of decorative lighting expanded with the acquisition of Neidhardt in 2017, giving specifiers unparalleled creativity and flexibility in customizing their luminaires. ALW manufactures all products in their North America factory and primarily serves the United States, Caribbean, and Canadian markets.
About v2 Lighting Group
Located in Silicon Valley, California, v2 designs and manufactures modern, high-performance, interior and exterior LED luminaires for select clients such as Apple, Amazon, Starbucks, Disney and Microsoft. Their innovative fixtures are built to order with precision engineering and uncompromised quality, using only the highest quality components. Available in a multitude of sizes, features and finishes, v2’s specification-grade fixtures give architects and lighting designers billions of standard configuration choices.
For more information, contact Chris Balino at or (510) 489-2530 x106.
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Portland Line Concierge Service SaF New App in iOS Store

One of the more distinctive features of Portland’s vibrant restaurant scene – the long lines and wait times at the most popular locations – is about to be transformed as SaF, the Line Concierge service, announced the launch of the SaF App in the iOS Store.

SaF, meaning “queue” in Farsi, is an on-demand Line Concierge service which allows Clients access to the most sought-after restaurants in Portland without the wait. SaF connects Clients with a professional Line Concierge to place their names on waitlists or hold a spot in line until they arrive on site.

“We’re thrilled to be launching SaF in Portland, which has such a vibrant community of food culture, restaurants and women-owned businesses,” said Yalda Moshiri, co-founder of SaF. “So many residents aren’t able to enjoy everything our city offers because they don’t have time to wait in line – SaF provides an easy solution to the problem.”

Moshiri and co-founder Shahrzad Vossoughi started developing SaF last year when they found themselves frustrated by long lines and inordinate wait times at Portland’s restaurants and events. After surveying their friends and family and finding widespread dissatisfaction at the status quo,Moshiri and Vossoughi were inspired to create a solution.

“As a mother with young children, I found that long lines and wait times in local restaurants made it impossible for me to get into many of my once favorite locations,” said Vossoughi. “My time with my kids had simply become too valuable to spend on lines. We developed SaF directly in response to that need, as we were hearing that from a lot of our friends and family.”

SaF plans to launch the app for Android in the coming months, and to begin rolling out the service to other cities in 2020. In addition, the company has announced its collaboration with two top Portland hotels.  The Nines and Jupiter are the first two Portland hotels offering their guests information about SaF’s services when they are looking for recommendations for restaurants or popular local attractions.

“Allowing someone else to wait in line for them provides our guests more time to discover the best things our city has to offer,” said Katie Watkins, Community Manager of Jupiter hotel. “We appreciate that SaF has asked us to be part of their launch and we can’t wait to see how much our guests will love this company!”

Details on all of the hotels partnering with SaF can be found here.

ABOUT SaF: An on-demand Line Concierge service, SaF allows patrons access to the most popular spots in Portland without the wait. SaF connects Clients to professional Line Concierges to place their name on a waitlist or hold a spot until arrival. By offering relief from lines, especially during peak tourist season or in Portland’s finicky weather, SaF gives patrons the time they need to get the most out of their experience. From packing in one more sight or taking a few minutes to get ready, SaF is a simple, easy, affordable solution to waiting in line.


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Business Advice from 8 Remodeling Experts

Each construction project brings unique challenges, the most common of those being delivering on time or staying within your budget. However, these challenges look different industry to industry and require years of experience to master correctly. As you look to grow your construction business, look for inspiration from some of the most popular renovation stars on the small screen. 

Mike Holmes, from the HGTV show Holmes on Homes, started his construction business at the age of 19 and went on to lead seven seasons of his hit show while running multiple businesses. 

Chip and Joanna Gaines from Fixer Upper, have almost single-handedly flipped the small town of Waco, Texas from a college town to a desirable travel destination. What started as a small remodel business grew to include home decor, furniture manufacturing, real estate investments, and now their own TV network. 

Although you aren’t hosting your own TV show, there are some valuable lessons to learn from the wild successes of these home renovation and real estate experts.  

This fun infographic dives into how each home remodeling personality approaches a new project and effectively grows their business. From start to finish, these renovation experts have a tip or two to share about tackling a transformation. 

  1. Get inspired from outside sources

It’s easy to replicate your bread and butter time and time again, but true innovation comes from branching out of your comfort zone. Travel to new destinations or study a new element of design to introduce something different to your next project. 

  1. Plan ahead

When tackling a huge project, it can be intimidating to get started. Don’t be afraid to sketch out a rough draft or completely unheard of ideas. Start from there and revise as you go. 

  1. Hire the right people

This may be a given, but it’s often the secret to success. Every position of your team should hold a motivated and skilled team member who believes in your work. 

  1. Make time to do the prep work

The time you take to plan and budget from the beginning will payoff much later. You’ll find you make less mistakes throughout the project when you have a well-thought out plan to start with. 

  1. Sharpen your skills

Even veteran construction executives can improve their skills. Attend conferences, workshops, or network with other thought leaders to stay in the loop on trends in your industry. 

  1. Stay within scope

Client asks can change quickly. Learning to handle expectations and budgets is a skill you’ve probably mastered but can be detrimental to the project when overlooked. 

  1. Don’t call it quits too soon

Knowing when to throw in the towel is another skill that takes trial and error to learn. Scrapping an idea is difficult, especially when you’re far into the project but learn when you can salvage something and when it’s time to jump ship. 

  1. Pride yourself on quality

Cutting corners may get the job done faster, but it won’t last for long. Quality means more to your reputation and business than any other aspect so make efforts to make it last. 

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2020 Exterior Trend Predictions via Royal Building Products

Mixed Use Materials on Exteriors 

  • While brick and stone remain popular, these materials are no longer the main focal point of exteriors. Instead, blend the materials with the rest of the home’s exterior design features to present a dynamic look that isn’t overpowering.

  • Add accents in the gable going the opposite direction of your siding (so horizontal siding should have a board & batten in the gable) or texture in the gable by adding shake.

  • Incorporate mixed use of sidings and blendings of various sidings—vertical, horizontal, board and batten, in shades of the same color family

  • Blend siding of different widths to create a rustic look. You could also use different styles of the same siding, such as a blend of shiplap and cedar shingles of a similar color, so that the texture is the main design feature.

Indoor-Outdoor Living 

  • Indoor-outdoor living continues to be an emphasis for homeowners in North America with consumers investing more time and money into their outdoor spaces. Home builders and remodelers are capitalizing on this trend, with the addition of lavish decks, patios and porches to new and existing homes.

  • Decks have a seamless flow from indoor to outdoor

    • Royal’s Zuri Decking, a premium PVC decking, mimics the look of real hardwood flooring without the maintenance.

  • Screened in porches with floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding doors create the feeling of being outdoors

  • Open porches/deck hybrids featuring elaborate built-in kitchens, seating, fireplaces and roofs allow homeowners in cooler climates to use their outdoor spaces for more of the year

  • Personalization

    • Personalized details such as initials and inlay designs in their decks to make them look less “cookie cutter”

    • Increased interest in making a style statement through exterior decor on front porches, changing out decorations every season, personalized doormats, house numbers and door knockers

  • Maximalism extends to greenery, with an increase in deck/porch gardening, with overflowing planters at different heights on porches and decks

  • Mix textures and materials with furniture,using everything from metal, wicker, wood, distressed—nothing “matchy matchy”

Statement Front Doors and Garage Doors   

  • Garage doors often take up a lot of a home’s facade so it’s important that they add style to the home

  • Glass garage doors, a trend that started in California and is now moving east, in clear to opaque finishes gives homes a “lit from within glow”

  • A sleek updated garage door can add a modern touch to a farmhouse style

  • Trending Front Doors: Dutch Doors, Black or Blue doors, natural wood doors, and glass and/or iron statement front doors

  • Red front doors are out and make a home look dated

Transitional farmhouse-inspired style 

  • People are growing weary of full-fledged farmhouse style and instead are incorporating elements of the farmhouse trend into their homes.

  • Use of shiplap, such as Royal’s Nickel Gap Shiplap, in a bathroom or mudroom, gives a fresh modern appearance but is not the focal point of the house.

  • Incorporation of Board and Batten siding. Mixed-use materials lending to a farmhouse vibe. Varied rooflines

Dark colors in all shades 

  • Dark accents have been popular for awhile, but we are now seeing a cross-country trend of darker colors as the primary color for the exterior

  • Dark on dark palettes are trending, especially on trim used around windows and doors

  • Natural, dark wood tones are being used to give a rustic appearance

Investing in high quality materials and minimalist landscaping 

  • Homeowners do not want to spend their free time working on their home so they are investing in high quality, maintenance free materials that will last, such as composite decking or PVC cellular siding products and trim.

  • Similarly, homeowners do not want to spend their time working on their yard or hiring expensive groundskeepers, so we are seeing a trend of simple landscaping using annual plants

  • No one is using real wood for siding, decking or trim anymore—it has proven to be expensive and can not stand up to the weather elements

    • Cellular PVC siding with a smooth finish offers the appearance of painted cedar siding which is desired by architects, especially those who favor New Urbanism design

    • Cellular composite (PVC) decking products do not require sanding, staining or maintenance

Simple, timeless accents

  • Out = shiny brass, opulent iron designs and accents (flowery details)

  • In = simple, timeless iron accents (railings, etc.) and oil-rubbed bronze

  • Wood-looking elements (not real wood) to add warmth

Coastal Vibes 

  • Bright or pastel, beachy colors are becoming popular for coastal homes

  • Colorful front door in unexpected shades such as yellow or green—pop of color on homes that are white/black or grey

  • White PVC shiplap used for interior and exterior applications

Celect Canvas, a new product from Royal Building Products, is a great option for coastal homes that want the low maintenance and durability for harsh coastal weather, but with the ability to customize the color to achieve the beachy look.

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New 2020 Surface Collection

The lines between humanity and technology are blurring, yet nature remains a grounding factor. It’s this “blurred lines” theme that serves as the basis for SurfaceSetÒ 2020, a collection of new woodgrains, solids and patterned Formica® Laminate designs to help interior designers and architects create beautiful and functional commercial spaces.

“Our team of experts spoke to hundreds of architects and designers to identify trend drivers that blurred the overlap between natural, human and technological aspects,” said Renee Hytry Derrington, global design lead for Formica Corporation. “We created SurfaceSet® 2020 to help professionals embrace these new trends with design-forward solutions that are functional and carry the warmth of the natural world, from a boutique hotel in San Francisco to a senior living facility in New York.”

The 2020 SurfaceSet® Collection is grouped into three key palettes – No Boundaries, Engineered Design and Fluidity – with on-trend, usable design solutions created within each one.

No Boundaries
A combination of raw elements and natural warmth give this palette a familiar sense of security and a hint of exploratory wonder. Organic greens and grounded earth tones contrast with pops of blue sky to create a harmonious connection to the natural world.

Natural Recycled Kraft and Black Recycled Kraft: Utilizing 100% recycled pulp and natural additives such as coffee bean chaff from roasting and the fibers from coffee bean bags, this technical paper was produced to be an authentic laminate version of Kraft paper. A mixture of post- and pre-consumer waste streams, the Recycled Kraft Series achieves FSC 100%/FSC Recycled Credit.

Layered White Sand, Layered Sand and Layered Black Sand: This granular design is inspired by large-scale rammed-earth architecture. Various colored sand grains were pounded into bands and layered into a linear furniture-scale layout before being scanned to make a new optical solid visual.

Blond Cedar, Raw Cedar and Noir Cedar: Enhanced by the new Pure Grain finish, this simple cedar structure without knots is the first pine added into the Formica® surfacing range in more than 30 years.

Planked Raw Oak and Planked Coffee Oak: Salvaged from an old Hawaiian warehouse, this sun-weathered oak has soft 4-inch planks and sparse knots, bringing warmth into contemporary spaces. The new stain colors reflect designers’ preference for light and dark options.

Earthenware and Algae: Organic meets contemporary, as the outside is brought into interiors through nature-inspired hues.

Engineered Design
Structure and sophistication meet in this future-forward palette that combines synthetic designs with natural materials. On-screen brights, technical grays and strong saturated colors – along with tactile textures like felt – create a playful and bold feeling.

Felt Series (Natural Gray, Yellow, Orange, Green, Blue): As a color carrier, Felt is perfect in gray and bold colors for office and modern hospitality spaces. The Felt visual is a hard-surfacing solution to an all-purpose material common in floors, walls and furniture. The fabric-inspired optical solid is enhanced by a Paper finish, marrying the visual with a tactile touch.

White Washed Birchply and Black Birchply: A casual rotary birch veneer, plywood has become a hero material used in furniture and interiors.

Moonstone, Night Forest and Night Shade: Classic gray and black made modern with a drop of added color for moody interior schemes.

This palette invokes a sensory approach to the digital world in the context of nature to create a generation of new creative possibilities. Soft and ethereal tones like weightless beiges, pastels and iridescent effects make for an atmospheric and dreamlike experience.

Aluminum and Stainless: A realistic, linear brushed-metal design perfectly paired with the reflective Brush finish to create a durable HPL-version of brushed metal that can be used on vertical millwork and cabinetry as well as any hardworking surface, like horizontal tables and countertops.

Cream Softwood, Greige Softwood and Walnut Softwood: Created from the softwood linden tree, this barely-there tinted woodgrain is ideal for applications where a wood “feel” is needed.

Liquid Glass, Blush and Solar Orange: Fluid colors enhanced with glistening finishes blur the line between nature and technology.

For more information about the 2020 SurfaceSetÒ Collection, visit

About Formica Corporation
Founded in 1913, Formica Corporation, part of the Formica Group of companies, is a leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of innovative surfacing products for commercial and residential applications. For more information about Formica Corporation, its products, special programs and promotions, visit or call 1-800-FORMICA™.


About Formica Group
Formica Group is a global group of companies consisting of Formica Canada Inc., Formica Corporation, Formica de Mexico S.A. de C.V., Formica IKI Oy, Formica Skandinavien AB, Formica Limited, Formica S.A., Formica S.A.S., Formica Taiwan Corporation, Formica (Thailand) Co., Ltd., Formica (Asia) Ltd., Formica Decorative Materials (China) Co., Ltd. and Homapal GmbH, among others.


Please Note: Formica®, Formica® Surfaces. For Real®, the Formica® Anvil Logo, and SurfaceSet® are registered trademarks of The Diller Corporation. 1-800-FORMICA™ and HardStop™ are trademarks of The Diller Corporation. All rights reserved. ©2019 The Diller Corporation.

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Navien Shipping NFB-C Commercial Fire Tube Boilers

Navien – the leader in condensing wall-hung boilers – officially launched their commercial sized fire tube boiler series, the NFB-C. The NFB-C is available in two sizes: NFB-301C (301 MBH) and NFB-399C (399 MBH).

Each NFB-C boiler uses the same in-house designed and manufactured patented heat exchanger technology that was introduced with the NFB series in 2018. The heat exchanger is form-pressed and robotic laser welded to minimize the number of weak points that could be prone to thermal stress and corrosion. Oval shaped tubes within the heat exchanger contain internal turbulators designed to improve both the heat transfer rate and the structural integrity of the assembly. A specific water flow is generated by baffles inside the heat exchanger to extract the maximum amount of heat from flue gasses while the non-metallic base provides additional protection against corrosion caused by acidic condensate.

The industry leading 97.5% thermal efficiency NFB-C series includes top and bottom piping connections for installation flexibility and an advanced 7-inch color touch screen display with easy intuitive navigation for setup, troubleshooting and operation. The built-in circuit board allows connections for a boiler pump and 3 zones pumps using dry contact relays, and also includes a DHW priority zone. The NFB-C series commercial fire tube boilers offer up to a 15:1 turndown ratio and extremely low NOx levels, certified by SCAQMD to meet the most stringent code requirements.

Optional accessories allow each NFB-C boiler to connect to building management systems through Modbus, BACnet or LonWorks protocols. NFB-C boilers are NaviLink wi-fi remote compatible, cascade capable up to 16 units, common venting capable up to 4 units and are certified for high-altitude installations up to 10,100 ft.

For more information on the new NFB-C commercial fire tube boilers, visit

About Navien

Since 2006, Navien, Inc. has become one of the fastest growing companies in the commercial heating sector in North America and is now the leader in condensing technology, providing condensing tankless water heaters, combi-boilers, and wall-hung boilers. Navien’s products possess state-of-the-art technology, high efficiency and reliable quality.

Navien has achieved international recognition for its sophisticated engineering and robust designs. Backed by parent company, KD Navien with more than forty years of experience with advanced boiler and water heating technology, Navien will continue its mission to provide high quality products. Navien products are available in the United States and Canada through a selected network of wholesale distributors. For more information, visit

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Improving Workers’ Jobsite Health/Well-Being

Pepper Construction developed the Net Zero Jobsite Trailer as a part of a larger initiative to positively affect the communities the company serves. Pepper believes that high-performing buildings are the future of the construction industry. By integrating their high-performance expertise into the company’s operational process and raising awareness about the significant benefits high performance construction brings, Pepper is transforming the future.

The Net Zero trailer is efficient from every perspective, leveraging technology to manage a project paperlessly while providing a healthy and high performing environment for occupants.


Construction is a demanding job. The jobsite trailer has the potential to be a place of respite for our teams on site. By thoroughly examining a jobsite, and making improvements, Pepper realized that we can help promote better employee health and well-being, increase worker productivity and create a sense of community.

The number of trucks making deliveries can’t be controlled. However, we are able to insist that when they’re on the job site drivers turn off their engines instead of idling and releasing emissions. This is one small albeit important step. But we wanted to take this further and looked at the jobsite trailer; realizing we can we push the envelope on this and implement the same HPB standards in this as we do in our clients’ buildings.

Net Zero Jobsite Trailer

Most people spend about 90 percent of their time indoors, and that environment has a significant impact on their health. That also applies to the men and women working on jobsites.

When Pepper looked at creating an environment that promotes healthier employees, we realized that traditional jobsite trailers didn’t match our commitment to the environment or our staff. This is where we started in 2017 – with the purpose of redesigning a jobsite trailer to focus on the human experience, productivity and quality from every aspect. We wanted our trailer to match our values – from air quality to basic human comforts and energy consumption.

Superintendents and field team helped determine important features. For example, it was suggested we include ergonomic stand-up desks, a break room, indoor restroom, a kitchen and natural daylight. Added to this list were additional elements that will encourage the crews to use fewer resources, such as write-able walls and desks, and no shelves for binders so that the jobsite is completely paperless.

The Nuts and Bolts

Inside the trailer is a gathering room that hosts up to 14 people and hoteling space for visitors. Furnished with Red List-Free furniture and materials, the modern design is flexible and collaborative. Daylight streams into the space, eliminating the need for candescent lighting. Reclaimed wood cabinets illustrate the team’s solid understanding of where materials are sourced from while bamboo flooring is a durable alternative to the typical vinyl flooring options. Thoughtful details such as locker storage and flexible work space complete with folding meeting space furniture transform previously utilitarian conditions into a modern, functional and healthy work space.

Essentially a tiny building, Pepper’s Net Zero Trailer works holistically as one system to reduce the demand for energy. The average jobsite construction trailer emits 53,712 pounds of CO2 emissions into the air each year through its energy use. That means that each year, a jobsite’s carbon footprint equates to the energy of four residential homes.

Pepper’s Net Zero trailer:

  •   uses 100 percent less energy than a traditional trailer
  •   is clad in cement fiber panels which reduce heat absorption
  •   the envelope features a thermal barrier from 6″ of rigid insulation, doubling the R-

    values for the walls, floor and roof, which now range from R-30 to R-40

  •   atop the structure, 27 photovoltaic panels convert just four hours of sunlight into the

    needed electricity to power the trailer for a full work day

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