Monday, January 17, 2005

bfi Completes Six-Phase Relocation and Consolidation of Ricoh's West Caldwell, NJ Offices

WEST CALDWELL, NJ, JANUARY 17, 2005 – Business Furniture, Inc. (bfi), one of the New York Metropolitan area’s largest office furniture dealerships, recently completed a six-phase furniture relocation and consolidation for Ricoh Corporation, a worldwide office equipment provider, in West Caldwell, New Jersey. The project was a result of Ricoh’s acquisitions of Savin and Lanier, which required the Company to relocate and merge three operations into one centralized location. bfi utilized its first imported Asian product in this assignment, as well as domestic sources, which provided Ricoh with an affordable and durable quality office furniture product for its new space.

"We are very proud to have spearheaded Ricoh's furniture and relocation needs in this new space with a high quality and innovative Asian product," said Daniel F. Morley, president and principal of bfi. "bfi strives to meet the intricate needs of our clients and this project exemplified our company's teamwork and customer service strategy at work. We are pleased to have completed the entire six-phase relocation in a timely and seamless manner. We also expect to experience more market demand for this type of affordable, attractive and user-friendly product line."

Ricoh required a team-based atmosphere and furniture that would be conducive to its high degree of technological usage. As such, AA Architectural was brought in to create such a design, resulting in an open office environment, equipped with low paneled office stations. These low panels created a collaborative, team-centered ambiance, with a high degree of visibility, and were able to accommodate the wiring needs of the client. Ricoh’s new workspaces included a combination of surface and storage areas, and each workspace was equipped with its own storage locker. Because the project was completed in six phases, Ricoh’s operations were not interrupted, allowing the Company’s employees to continue their operations at full tilt.

Ricoh Corporation, a subsidiary of Ricoh Company Ltd., based in Japan, is headquartered in West Caldwell, New Jersey and is a leading office equipment and electronics provider. Products include, but are not limited to, copiers, printers, digital duplicators and digital cameras. The Company employs over 73,000 individuals worldwide.

For over 50 years, Business Furniture, Inc. (bfi) has been a leader in furniture specification and furniture project management markets. With offices in Elizabeth, Cranbury and Parsippany, New Jersey, New York City and Melville, Long Island, bfi is a nationwide organization offering product and service procurement, delivery and installation, furniture inventory and reconfiguration services and 24/7 on-line customer service. Representing over 200 office furniture manufacturers and recognized as one of America’s largest Herman Miller, Inc. dealerships, bfi employs over 150 professionals serving a diverse customer base in the corporate, governmental, architectural and design and real estate sectors.

For more information, contact bfi's Elizabeth, New Jersey headquarters at 908-355-3400 or visit

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