OFS Brands, a leading manufacturer of furniture for workplace, healthcare, and education environments announced today that the company's contract furniture products received an Interior Design Magazine Best of Year Award and Best of Year Honoree Designation. Held recently at Frank Gehry’s IAC Building in New York City, this year's Best of Year Awards celebration marked Interior Design’s 10th Anniversary of the preeminent design competition recognizing superior design in both products and projects.
Riff by OFS won the Best of Year Award in the contract tables category while Rein+ by Carolina was a finalist and Best of Year Honoree in the healthcare furniture category.
In the ten year history of the Best of Year competition, OFS Brands has won ten Best of Year awards and ten Best of Year honoree designations. Qualified interior designers and architects selected product design finalists during a two-week period in October via an online vote, and category winners were determined by a jury of leading architects and designers. According to Interior Design Magazine officials, there were more than 1,800 entries in 142 categories, and nearly 60,000 votes were cast for products by the A+D industry.
OFS Brands is comprised of five distinct brands – OFS, First Office, Loewenstein, Carolina and Highmark – that provide furniture to a wide range of contract interior environments. OFS and FirstOffice offer furniture and accessories for the workplace, from technology-savvy mixed-use collections to casegoods to modern lounge pieces. Loewenstein is leading the emerging third space market with stylish, innovation solutions that redefine function and purpose to allow flexibility and mobility. Healthcare market leader Carolina delivers forward-thinking solutions that positively impact the healing experience for caregivers, patients, and their families. Specializing in ergonomic task, conference, executive, guest and multipurpose seating, Highmark delivers stylish, functional solutions to all contract markets. Based in Huntingburg, IN, OFS Brands is a family-owned corporation.
American Heart Association names Fit-Friendly Companies in SW Indiana
Worksite wellness programs help lower healthcare costs, improve employees’ health
EVANSVILLE— The American Heart Association recognized 15 SW Indiana companies along with Gibbs Die Casting in Henderson, KY as Fit-Friendly Companies for promoting physical activity and health in the workplace (14 were recognized for the first time through a joint collaboration with the Healthy Communities Partnership of Southwest Indiana.) Nationally, the association recognized 1,802 companies during this application cycle with awards being presented locally over the next few weeks.
The Fit-Friendly Companies program is a catalyst for positive change in the American workforce by helping companies make their employees’ health and wellness a priority. The Fit-Friendly Companies Program offers a unique, easy-to-implement opportunity for corporations to increase employees’ physical activity, which will help improve their health – and their employers’ bottom line.
Even people who haven’t exercised regularly until middle age can reap significant benefits by starting a walking program. A study published in 1986 in the New England Journal of Medicine found that some adults may gain two hours of life expectancy for every hour of regular, vigorous exercise they performed.
Southwest Indiana companies designated this cycle as Fit-Friendly include:
Deaconess Health System Evansville Platinum & Worksite Innovation
DuBois Wood Products (New) Huntingburg Gold
Evansville Vanderburgh School Corp. (New) Evansville Gold
Gibbs Die Casting (New) Henderson, KY Gold
Ivy Tech Community College (New) Evansville Gold
Jasper Rubber Products (New) Jasper Gold
Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center (New) Jasper Gold
Mulzer Crushed Stone (New) Tell City Gold
OFS Brands (New) Huntingburg Gold
Saint Meinrad Archabbey (New) St. Meinrad Gold
St. Mary’s (New) Evansville Gold
Toyota Motor Manufacturing (New) Princeton Platinum
University of Southern Indiana (New) Evansville Gold
Vectren Evansville Platinum
Welborn Baptist Foundation (New) Evansville Gold
YMCA of Southwestern Indiana (New) Evansville Platinum
Fit-Friendly Companies reach Gold level status by implementing various activities and programs to encourage physical activity, nutrition and culture enhancements such as on-site walking routes, healthy food choices in cafeterias and vending machines, annual employee health risk assessments and online tracking tools. Companies that achieve Platinum recognition — the highest tier — take the program a step further by measuring the outcomes of their wellness efforts.
According to the American Heart Association, companies can save up to $15 for every $1 spent on health and wellness within 12 to18 months of implementing a worksite wellness program. Each employee who works to lower their risk status saves their company an estimated $53 per year; these savings remain each year that employee maintains the low-risk level.
American employers are losing an estimated $225.8 billion a year because of healthcare expenses and health-related losses in productivity, and those numbers are rising. Many American adults spend most of their waking hours at sedentary jobs. Their lack of regular physical activity raises their risk for a host of medical problems, such as obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes. Employers face $12.7 billion in annual medical expenses due to obesity alone. The American Heart Association is working to change corporate cultures by motivating employees to start walking, which has the lowest dropout rate of any physical activity and is promoting the Evansville Tri-State Heart Walk on May 10, 2014 as a day of recognition and celebration. Go to www.evansvilletristateheartwalk.org for additional information.
For more information about the Fit-Friendly Companies program and how it is helping to improve the health of those in Southwestern Indiana by focusing on an activity that is convenient, free and easy, contact Kathy Scheller, American Heart Association – Midwest Affiliate, Evansville, IN at 812.760.9228.
Two OFS Brands products received an Interior Design Magazine Best of Year Award (BOY,) the preeminent design competition recognizing superior interior design products and projects. Slate Office by OFS captured top honors in the contract casegoods furniture category, while Hitch by Loewenstein won the office accessories award. Four other OFS Brands products (Re: by OFS, Hinchada and Penelope by Loewenstein, Modern Amenity by Carolina) were BOY finalists and are now designated as Interior Design Magazine BOY Honorees. For the second consecutive year, OFS Brands had the most finalists in the BOY competition.
Qualified interior designers and architects selected BOY product design finalists during a two-week period in October via an online vote, and category winners were determined by a jury of leading architects and designers. According to Interior Design Magazine officials, the 9th Annual BOY program experienced record-breaking numbers with more than 2,000 product submissions – a growth of more 60 percent in the last two years. The product voting site experienced a 50 percent increase in number of unique visitors with 600,000 page views and 60,000 votes.
More than a thousand people from the design community attended the BOY awards celebration hosted by Cindy Allen, Interior Design Magazine’s editor in chief and Mark Strauss, the magazine’s president and publisher, on December 4, 2014, at the IAC Building in New York City.
Slate Office by OFS creates efficient collaboration and sharing venues with boardroom amenities in workspaces. Concise and intuitive, Slate provides media support, space division, collaboration tools, power, and storage in a seamless interface that helps people work together more effectively. Technology access is built into the work surface, and the wall supports a monitor for digital sharing and interaction.
Hitch Storage by Loewenstein is a versatile shelving system based off a platform of blocks built to inspire creativity. Hitch is comprised of three box sizes, one storage block with doors, a platform base, and simple clips that can all be painted or finished in endless color options, and can be configured and reconfigured into any storage solution. Hitch features a solid hardwood box construction with ash veneer that can be finished in any of OFS Brands standard finishes, along with aluminum clips and legs.