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EXPANDING HOME OFFICE WORK FORCE CREATES NEED FOR HOME OFFICE FURNITURE

 JAMESTOWN, N.Y., Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- With an ever growing number of people working out of their homes today, there has been corresponding need for something other than computers, CPUs and printers -- furniture that can serve the functions of an office, yet also be attractive in the home environment.
 Driving the need for this new furniture are 34.8 million Americans who find themselves working from their homes and an additional 10.4 million who regularly bring work home from the office. Laptop computers, modems and fax machines are fueling this exodus from the traditional office.
 "New economic realities and technological advances are changing the way business and employees look at their jobs," explained David Messinger, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Bush Industries, a leading manufacturer of ready-to-assemble home office furniture.
 "Computer and telecommunications advances make it easier and more affordable to work from home, and businesses are looking for ways to increase productivity in a cost-effective manner," he said. "One way is through the acquisition of properly designed furniture that enhances workers' efficiency in a home office."
 Over the past 10 years, sales of office furniture have almost doubled to what is now an $8 billion business. Home office furniture represents 10 percent of those sales and is expected to grow at an annual compound rate of 15 to 20 percent over the next four years.
 Ready-to-assemble furniture is an affordable, stylish way for many consumers to furnish their home offices. Of all households in the United States, 15 percent already own ready-to-assemble furniture.
 Originating in Europe, ready-to-assemble furniture was originally a low-cost alternative to assembled furniture. Style was secondary to function. Today, manufacturers offer dozens of styles and finishes from traditional to contemporary and now make home office products from bookcases to work stations which accommodate complete computer systems. Many companies now offer elegant features not previously associated with ready-to-assemble furniture like tempered glass inlay tops with solid wood trim and striking brass finish bail handles.
 In addition, consumers no longer have to wait for delivery. Ready- to-assemble furniture comes neatly packaged, complete with component parts and instructions for the buyer to put the item together quickly and easily.
 "It's functional, stylish, easy to put together and it's affordable," added Messinger. "Ready-to-assemble furniture ideally meets the needs of the individual whose home is also their workplace."
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 /CONTACT: David Mancuso of Wolf Carr Public Relations, 716-853-1200, for Bush Industries/


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