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Schimenti adds new employees

BY Staff Writer

Ridgefield, Conn. — Schimenti Construction has added new employees to their staff.

“Our recent growth, and our planning for the future, has resulted in the need to expand our team of construction professionals,” stated Matthew Schimenti, company president.

The company has hired Edward Sheeran, project manager; Ryan Lumpuy, superintendent; and Kevin Hanley, estimating coordinator.

Schimenti Construction, founded in 1994, has built a strong reputation in the retail construction industry and has developed a solid niche in urban construction. The firm builds retail-shopping environments for some of the nations leading retailers including Clarks, Fossil, Kohl’s, REI, Sephora, Starbucks, Victoria’s Secret and Zara.

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Store of the Week: The Hab, Mumbai, India

BY Staff Writer

The art of sewing comes alive at The Hab, a one-stop shopping destination in Mumbai, India, for all things sewing. The colorful store offers a fresh and youthful take on one of retailing’s more staid, and slightly old-fashioned, categories, and more than lives up to its motto: “A hipper side of sewing.”

Owned by USHA International Ltd., which manufactures a wide range of consumer products, including sewing machines, The Hab (short for haberdashery) offers a comprehensive lineup of product. From threads, buttons and beads in all colors and sizes to laces and zippers to stitching tools and the latest in sewing machines, The Hab stocks anything and everything a sewer could ever need.

More than just sell product, The Hab is designed to inspire people to create, innovative and experience the art of sewing. A series of demo stations — each outfitted with the very latest sewing machines — allow for a hands-on experience. Experts are on hand to help customers create their own personalized fashions.

Along with the ongoing demos throughout the day, sewing classes and related design workshops are also available.

A neon-colored sewing machine installation in the front window sets the tone for the high-energy, modern interior. A spiral staircase takes shoppers to a library stocked with specialty books and international publications related to sewing, knitting and crafts.

The Hab was conceptualized and designed by architect Pinakin Patel and design firm Grandmother India Design.

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Ikea goes live with South Florida’s largest solar energy system

BY Marianne Wilson

Sunrise, Fla. — Ikea on Wednesday officially plugged-in the solar energy system installed at its store in City of Sunrise, Fla. It is the largest solar installation in South Florida and, when combined with Ikea projects already completed atop stores in Orlando and Tampa, will make Ikea the state’s largest non-utility solar owner.

Ikea contracted with REC Solar for the development, design and installation of the Sunrise store’s customized solar power system. The 101,774-sq.-ft. PV array consists of a 1,057-kW system, built with 4,368 panels. Ikea Sunrise’s program will produce approximately 1,554,600 kWh of clean electricity annually, the equivalent of reducing 1,181 tons of carbon dioxide.

This installation represents the 35th completed solar project for Ikea in the U.S., with four more locations underway, making the eventual U.S. solar presence of Ikea nearly 90% of its U.S. locations with a total generation of 38 MW.

Ikea owns and operates each of its solar PV energy systems atop its buildings – as opposed to a solar lease or PPA (power purchase agreement) – and globally has allocated $1.8 billion to invest in renewable energy through 2015. Consistent with the company’s goal of being energy independent by 2020, Ikea has installed more than 250,000 solar panels on buildings across the world and owns/operates approximately 110 wind turbines in Europe.

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