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Jamestown Furniture Maker Anticipates Hiring More Workers

first_imgJAMESTOWN — Officials from Bestar-Bush say they are anticipating the addition of 30-40 employees to the workforce in the coming weeks at the company’s recently reopened facility in Jamestown.Mark Weppner, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Design and Engineering, says the move is a result of the company’s growing sales through e-commerce. Bestar and Bush Industries, Inc. previously merged in January, which Weppner says resulted in the furniture manufacture accelerating in recent months such as desks, file cabinets, chairs and bookcases.“Both Bestar and Bush were growing rapidly prior to our merger due to our excellence at selling furniture online, and now more than ever that’s where consumers are buying,” he said. “Although our Jamestown manufacturing facility was closed for several weeks, our distribution centers in Erie, Pennsylvania and Sacramento, California remained open, and our sales continued to climb. Now that our factory is open we to need replenish our inventory to meet the demand – at a time when many people in our region are looking for work. It’s the perfect time to grow our team.”Positions will be posted on the careers page under “contact us” at Bush.co as specific needs are finalized. Contact employment@bushindustries.com for more information. Employees in Jamestown, Erie, and Sacramento as well as in Bestar-Bush’s Canadian facilities must follow new safety protocols including social distancing, frequent hand sanitizing and washing, wearing face masks, entering and exiting through specific doors only, and mandatory temperature checks. Office employees continue to work from home.“Our employees’ safety and wellbeing has been our top priority throughout this and will continue to be as we move forward,” Weppner said. “Our team has done an outstanding job of meeting our customers’ needs while working from home, and our distribution centers are doing excellent work shipping a record number of products and most importantly staying safe and healthy.”Weppner does not expect the company’s growth to slow down. New finishes for many of the Bush Furniture brand’s most popular collections including Cabot, Salinas, Somerset and Key West will debut this summer to give customers a greater color variety for their homes. Meanwhile, he expects a surge in commercial-grade Bush Business Furniture orders as companies elect to keep their employees home permanently, and those that return to work reconfigure their offices.“Now that companies are more comfortable with remote work, we’re expecting further growth in home office sales as many of them make a permanent shift to work from home. We’ve added many contemporary finish options to our commercial-grade products as well to make them accessible to the work from home professional,” Weppner said. “We’re also anticipating many office redesigns in the near future to focus more on giving employees personal space. You’ll see less open plan or shared environments and more private offices, cubicle panels or privacy screens, all of which we provide.”E-commerce continues to drive Bestar-Bush’s success with online retailers such as Wayfair, Amazon, Overstock and Cymax leading the way, along with the websites of office superstores Office Depot and Staples. Weppner credits that success to the company’s e-commerce capabilities, including same-day shipping with products designed and packaged for nationwide delivery in three to five business days.Bestar-Bush has also invested in sales and marketing professionals who are experts in e-commerce, Weppner said. These positions include 3D graphic designers who create photorealistic product renderings, content writers, sales analysts, a robust inside sales and customer service team, along with engineering and product development personnel focused on quality and safety.“Our immediate need for additional staff will be in manufacturing, but we expect to add more office positions to continue to drive our e-commerce business,” Weppner said. “This is an exciting time of growth for our company and we’re thrilled to continue our long history in Jamestown and to add to our team here.”In January, Novacap – one of Canada’s leading private equity firms – announced that Bestar, one of its portfolio companies, had acquired Bush Industries. Together, Bestar and Bush have over 130 combined years of experience in the furniture industry and employ more than 600 people.Bestar, with manufacturing facilities in Lac-Megantic and Sherbrooke, Quebec, is a designer, manufacturer, distributor and online seller of commercial office, home office, storage, bedroom, tables and garage storage furniture across North America. The company was founded in 1948. For more information, visit Bestar.ca.Bush Industries’ corporate headquarters and U.S. manufacturing operations are located in Jamestown, New York, with additional facilities in Pennsylvania, California and China. The company designs, produces and distributes home and commercial office, entertainment, bedroom, storage, seating, occasional and entryway furniture. Bush Industries was founded in 1959. For more information, visit Bush.co. 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State Closes Most Local Courts Due To Increased COVID Activity

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Jamestown City Court and City Chambers. 01/28/19JAMESTOWN – With the number of COVID-19 cases rapidly increasing across New York State, officials have ordered all local courts to stop in-person appearances until further notice.Anyone with a pending case in a Town or Village Court is asked to contact the court in question to see if the matter can take place virtually.Jamestown City Court is also closing for in-person hearings, a court clerk says arraignments and preliminary hearings will be held virtually.The clerk says most cases will be transferred to Chautauqua County Court for the time being. Courtrooms across the state closed in-person proceedings earlier this year due to the pandemic.Most later reopened in May with most appearing virtually. The appearances will now continue virtually in County Court.last_img read more

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2014 Olivier Awards to Include Bernadette Peters and ABBA Reunion

first_imgGimme, gimme, gimme a Broadway star before midnight! The Olivier Awards has announced that this year’s ceremony will include a performance by two-time Tony winner Bernadette Peters, as well as ABBA’s Benny Anderson and Björn Ulvaeus reuniting alongside the current West End cast of Mamma Mia! as the show celebrates its 15th anniversary. Additional performances will include opera singer Joseph Calleja, who is currently singing the title role in the Royal Opera’s production of Faust, the casts of the Best New Musical nominees: The Book Of Mormon, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Once and The Scottsboro Boys, as well as the nominees for the BBC Radio 2 Audience Award: Les Miserables, Matilda, The Phantom of the Opera and Wicked. Star Files The awards will take place on April 13 at the Royal Opera House. As previously reported, stage and screen stars Gemma Arterton and Stephen Mangan will host. Presenters will include Sex and the City and Fatal Attraction’s Kristin Davis, Rufus Hound, Mark Strong, Michael Ball, Nigel Harman, Luke Treadaway, Ruth Wilson and Dames Penelope Keith and Gillian Lynne.center_img Bernadette Peters View Commentslast_img read more

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Odds & Ends: Frozen’s Josh Gad Reunites With Disney & More!

first_img View Comments Bobby Cannavale Tony Nominees Bobby Cannavale and Jude Law Join Forces in Spy Two-time Tony nominees Bobby Cannavale and Jude Law are to star in an international spy comedy imaginatively titled Spy. According to Deadline the movie will be released on Memorial Day 2015. Of course, we’ve got Cannavale in the upcoming movie musical remake of Annie to look forward to before then—the tuner is set to open in a theater near you December 19. Star Files Frozen’s Josh Gad to Reunite With Disney Another Hollywood project for Book of Mormon alum Josh Gad! The Frozen star has once again teamed up with Disney, this time for a family comedy-adventure. Deadline reports that the Tony nominee and his writing partner Ryan Dixon will be working together on the as yet untitled project for the studio. Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Of Mice and Men’s Leighton Meester on Finding Her Stage Voice Gossip Girl’s Leighton Meester has opened up about how she’s coped with making the transition from screen to Broadway in Of Mice and Men. The star told Yahoo: ” I had a sense that on stage I’d have to find my voice louder than in a close-up in a movie.” Another difference between the two mediums? “You are always in frame when you are on stage. Everyone can see you. You aren’t waiting for your close-ups.” Josh Gad Leighton Meesterlast_img read more

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Original Pippin Cast Member John Rubinstein Will Join Broadway Revival

first_img View Comments In addition to starring in Pippin, Rubinstein received a Tony Award for his performance in Children of a Lesser God. His other Broadway credits include Ragtime, Getting Away With Murder, Love Letters and M. Butterfly. Pippin features music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Roger O. Hirson and tells the story of a young prince searching for his corner of the sky. In addition to Mann, the current cast includes Kyle Dean Massey as Pippin, Ciara Renee as Leading Player, Annie Potts as Berthe, Charlotte d’Amboise as Fastrada and Rachel Bay Jones as Catherine. Pippin “Welcome Home,” indeed! John Rubinstein, who made his Broadway debut in 1972 as the titular character in Pippin, will step into the Tony-winning Broadway revival as Charles, Pippin’s father. Rubinstein will join the Broadway big top at the Music Box Theatre beginning June 20 in a limited engagement through July 27, filling in during Tony nominee Terrance Mann’s leave of absence. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015last_img read more

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Haven Burton Is Kinky Boots’ Newest Lauren on Broadway

first_img View Comments Burton most recently appeared on Broadway as the standby to the titular role in Violet. Her additional Broadway credits include Shrek, Legally Blonde and Rent, in addition to the off-Broadway productions of Disaster! and Nobody Loves You. Show Closed This production ended its run on April 7, 2019 With a score by Cyndi Lauper and a book by Harvey Fierstein, Kinky Boots follows Charlie Price as he is forced to step in and save his family’s shoe factory in Northern England after the sudden death of his father. Help comes from the unlikeliest angel, a fabulous drag performer named Lola. Together, this improbable duo revitalizes the nearly bankrupt business and transforms an entire community through the power of acceptance. In addition to Burton, the tuner currently stars Tony winner Billy Porter as Lola and Andy Kelso as Charlie. Kinky Boots Another chapter in the history of Laurens! Broadway alum Haven Burton begins performances in the Tony-winning musical Kinky Boots on June 24. She steps into the role of Lauren, taking over for Jeanna De Waal, who is set to appear in the American Repertory Theater production of Finding Neverland later this summer. Burton will star in the tuner through September 28. Related Showslast_img read more

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Tix Now On Sale to See Rebecca Naomi Jones & More in Big Love Off-Broadway

first_imgTickets are now on sale to see Rebecca Naomi Jones, Bobby Steggert and more in Signature Theatre’s Big Love off-Broadway. Directed by Tina Landau, the modern adaptation of Aeschylus’ The Danaids is written by Charles Mee and will play a limited engagement February 3 through March 15. Opening night is set for February 23. Related Shows Additional cast members include Emmanuel Brown, Lynn Cohen, Ellen Harvey, Ryan-James Hatanaka, Christopher Innvar, Preston Sadleir, Stacey Sargeant, Nathaniel Stampley and Libby Winters. View Comments Big Love In Big Love, fifty brides flee their fifty grooms and seek refuge in an Italian villa. Mayhem ensues, complete with flight suit-clad grooms, women throwing themselves to the ground and occasional pop songs. Show Closed This production ended its run on March 15, 2015last_img read more

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World Premiere of Villainous Company Opens Off-Broadway

first_img Villainous Company The world premiere of Victor L. Cahn’s Villainous Company officially opens at off-Broadway’s Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row on January 12. The production, directed by Eric Parness, will run through January 31. The cast of Villainous Company features Alice Bahlke, Julia Campanelli and Corey Tazmania. Villainous Company explores the suspenseful game of cat and mouse between three women after one of them, Claire, returns from an afternoon of shopping and discovers that one of her packages is missing. Related Shows View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 31, 2015last_img

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Believe! Deaf West’s Spring Awakening Revival Opens on B’way

first_img View Comments About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 24, 2016 Don’t do sadness! Deaf West’s revival of Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater’s Spring Awakening opens officially at the Great White Way’s Brooks Atkinson Theatre on September 27. Directed by Michael Arden, the staging incorporates American Sign Language with the dialogue, as select characters are portrayed as deaf, with additional performers providing their voices.In honor of the musical’s big night, Broadway.com resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson created this sketch. The portrait includes Austin P. McKenzie as Melchior, Daniel N. Durant as Moritz, Sandra Mae Frank as Wendla, and the key supporting cast including Oscar winner Marlee Matlin as a variety of adult characters, along with Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winners Krysta Rodriguez as Ilse and Andy Mientus as Hanschen (and more!).Broadway.com wishes the cast of Spring Awakening a happy opening. Make sure you get “Totally F**ked” at the after-party!center_img Related Shows Spring Awakening last_img read more

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London Jersey Boys Star Matt Corner on His Frankie Valli Transformation & More

first_img View Comments Declan Egan, Simon Bailey, Matt Corner & Matt Hunt in ‘Jersey Boys’ (Photo: Brinkhoff & Mögenburg) Jersey Boys has set up shop as a West End long-runner. The Olivier Award-winning musical all about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons is now on its second London theater, the Piccadilly, and is currently hosting a fresh set of principal actors. Broadway.com caught up with Matt Corner, the delightful actor now playing Frankie, to talk Jersey accents, singing falsetto and the appeal of golf.Welcome to your first West End starring role!Thank you! I graduated from drama school three and half years ago, so it seems totally surreal to me to have reached this point. If your career is about climbing Everest, I feel as if I’ve now made it to base camp.You have a history with Jersey Boys already.Yes, I started out 18 months ago in the first national tour of the show as the alternate Frankie doing two shows a week, which suited me perfectly, and then they gave me the part on the tour. In London, this is the first time since the show opened in the West End that all Four Seasons are brand new, so that’s been quite special—all four of us are bonding just as the guys did in real life.What did you know about the Four Seasons before the offer came your way?I knew the show but didn’t know much about the band.I bet you learned quickly.I went away and did my research and listened to all their original tracks to get a sense of the sound and how Frankie was achieving it. I saw the film and thought John Lloyd Young was excellent, but mostly I didn’t want to listen to other people’s impersonations. I wanted to try and make it my own, and the best way for me to do that was to go right back to the beginning.Did you know you could sing so high?That totally surprised me. I’ve always been able to sing high and preferred rock-style tenor music like AC/DC or Queen and Bon Jovi—and also Stevie Wonder. But when I started down the audition process for this, I thought, “I better get the falsetto sound under my belt,” so I kind of stumbled into it.What about capturing the physical resemblance?I have blond hair and blue eyes and am 5’9” whereas Frankie’s 5’5”, so this was never a part I looked at and thought, “I could play that.” But they put a wig on me and darkened my eyes and cast everyone around me bigger and it works. Our Bob Gaudio [Declan Egan] is 6’5”!Have you met Frankie?Back in December when he was on tour, I went to see his show in Glasgow. My best friend had booked me in for my birthday present, and we went backstage afterward and sat in his dressing room.How did that experience affect your performance?It informed me in a lot of my choices in terms of what I was doing onstage. Frankie has this power about him and is very still: he doesn’t give a lot away. So I try to arrive at that sense of stillness when we reach the end of our show since that’s him; that’s his aura.Did you worry about the accent demands of the role?We have a Jersey boy—or man, I should say—in the cast: Mark Heenehan, who plays Gyp DeCarlo. He’s the real deal. It’s lovely to have that authenticity, so he can check our accents if they’re off. He hasn’t said anything to me so far.Have you ever been to New Jersey?I haven’t, but I’m desperate to go! I want to visit the Belmont Tavern in Belleville where these guys played; if and when I go over, they’ve said they’ll show me around. Also, I have a singing coach [in New York] named Katie Agresta, who looks after all the Frankies and who teaches me by Skype, so it would be great to go see her.How do you relax?I play a lot of golf in the daytime. That’s the perfect sport for me. I have a gold membership with a golf club five miles out of London and that’s my getaway from it all: it’s my slice of the countryside.Does this role permeate your offstage life—for instance, do you find yourself singing “Sherry” in the shower?I tend to save that for the show. You know you love this music when you hear it every night and it’s like the first time you’ve heard it. Every night the opening chord of “Oh, What a Night” makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up, and that’s the honest truth.What’s next for you?I’m absolutely besotted with the lead character [Christopher] in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.I’d really like to play that part. It’s something full-on that you’ve really got to throw yourself into, which would be an awesome challenge. I guess we’ll see.last_img read more

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