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Flexsteel expects to activate company-wide business software by June 2018
 DUBUQUE, Iowa - Furniture manufacturer Flexsteel Industries, Inc. reported third quarter sales of $120.8 million. Though it reflects a 3.7 percent decline, compared with past year, it is against record sales, and Flexsteel says it is on track to record its second highest annual sales in its history.
        2017       2016      

$ Change

    % Change
Residential     $ 102.6     $ 105.8     $   (3.2 )     -3.0 %
Contract       18.2       19.6         (1.4 )     -7.1 %
Total     $ 120.8     $ 125.4     $   (4.6 )     -3.7 %
Despite the decline, Flexsteel says demand for furniture in the United States has improved as consumer confidence has stabilized. Net sales for the fourth fiscal quarter are expected to remain steady with the current quarter, which would result in the second highest fiscal year net sales compared to the prior year record. Flexsteel says it continues focusing on streamlining product introductions to increase sales and controlling discretionary spending. (NASDAQ:FLXS)
Through March 31, 2017, invstment in property and plant includes $9.2 million for business information software and development. Flexsteel says it has completed the design phase of the project and has progressed to the first of three development and testing cycles. Following testing, it will enter the training and readiness phase of the project for associates, customers and suppliers. When this phase indicates readiness, the business information system will be implemented. The Company anticipates this work can be completed during the fiscal year ending June 30, 2018.
For the remainder of fiscal year 2017, the Company expects to have the following expenditures:
  • $3.7 million for capital expenditures and $1.0 million as SG&A expense for upgrading the business information system to better meet market conditions, customer requirements and increase operating efficiency; and
  • $1.0 million in operating capital expenditures.
Flexsteel Industries, Inc. was incorporated in 1929 and is one of the oldest and largest manufacturers, importers and marketers of residential and contract upholstered and wooden furniture products in the United States. Product offerings include a wide variety of upholstered and wood furniture such as sofas, loveseats, chairs, reclining and rocker-reclining chairs, swivel rockers, sofa beds, convertible bedding units, occasional tables, desks, dining tables and chairs and bedroom furniture. Flexsteel products are sold in home, office, hotel, healthcare and other contract applications. A featured component in most of the upholstered furniture is a unique steel drop-in seat spring from which othe name “Flexsteel” is derived.

Posted: 04/24/2017

Techniks Industries acquires Parlec Tooling Division
INDIANAPOLIS -Techniks Industries, a provider of tooling for the metalworking and woodworking industries,will acquire the tooling division of Parlec, Inc., located in Fairport, NY. Parlec, founded 70 years ago, will retain its Presetter business under the “Omega” brand.
Parlec’s portfolio comprises more than 8,000 individual products - 98 percent of them manufactured in the U.S. at its Fairport, New York world headquarters. Parlec has more than 30 patented processes and technologies.
Techniks says the acquisition expands its product offerings of aftermarket machine tool accessories and enhances its manufacturing and distribution capabilities to distributors and OEMs in North America. Techniks will continue selling Parlec-branded products and offering manufacturing quality and product development out of its Fairport location for Parlec customers.
"I’m excited to see Parlec and Techniks become partners, as we share the vision to become the premier provider of aftermarket tooling solutions through high quality products, engineering and technical expertise, and customer service,” says Mike Nuccitelli, President and CEO of Parlec.
Vernon Cameron, who was named President and CEO of Techniks Industries last month, said, “With the addition of Parlec’s complimentary portfolio of innovative products, engineering capability, and unparalleled service, Techniks Industries will continue to provide superior machine tooling products, performance and value for all our customers. We are excited to welcome the Parlec team to Techniks and look forward to the next phase of growth.”
Techniks Industries tooling companies brands include Techniks, Inc., NAP Gladu, Riverside Tool, and RKO Saw. Techniks, Inc. is a provider of high-quality toolholding, cutting tools, and magnetic workholding solutions sold through industrial distributors. NAP Gladu is one of North America’s largest manufacturers and service providers of diamond and carbide cutting tools with 13 locations in the United States and Canada. Riverside Tool and RKO Saw are leading manufacturers of PCD and carbide tipped saw blades and cutter heads sold through industrial distributors and OEM relationships.  

Posted: 04/24/2017

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Posted: 04/24/2017

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AWFS will showcase school programs

The 2017 AWFS fair will feature the Education Town Hall and Higher Education Learning Pavilion to showcase woodworking education programs.

Posted: 04/19/2017

Stiles holds first of three Manufacturing Solutions Seminars

Stiles Machinery announced the success of this year’s first Manufacturing Solutions Seminar at its showroom in High Point, N.C.

Posted: 04/19/2017


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