Enhanced User Experience; Improved Navigation; Easy Access to Product Resources; New Blog, Vlog, Article, Resource Guide and Accredited Training Content

ARLINGTON, Texas – June 08, 2018– Paragon Furniture, Inc., manufacturer of K-12 educational furniture that sets the pace and place for learning, has recently launched a brand new website designed with the user in mind to help customers and partners navigate Paragon’s vast product portfolio and new learning space resources. The site includes vivid environment and product imagery that can be downloaded, extensive product information including specifications, videos and symbology, as well resources aimed to address the questions and strategies around implementing active learning spaces in K12 schools.

According to Mark Hubbard, President, Paragon Furniture, Inc., “The new paragoninc.com offers us an exciting opportunity to fully engage our rapidly expanding network of value-added dealers and distributors, the architect and design professional community, as well as, education practitioners and administrators. Our platform allows us to deliver product specifications, product design files, original content on best practices and share a bit of the extraordinary culture of Paragon Furniture”.

Navigation on paragoninc.com has improved dramatically, making it simple for users to find what they are looking for and to access brand-new resource content now offered by Paragon®. “Resources” has been added to the main navigation to give users quick access to this new content. “Paragon Furniture has the right combination of products, research and resources to help educators evolve their learning spaces to more active learning environments”, states Cindy Eggebrecht, Marketing Director for Paragon Furniture, Inc. “For active learning to be successful, however, a number of important elements must be in place. The blogs, vlogs, articles, resource guides and accredited AIA training courses Paragon Furniture has developed, supports these elements and strategies for leading active learning in and outside of the classroom. Paragon Furniture partners will also find this information useful as it aims to help everyone understand the strategies to implementing and designing these new spaces”, added Eggebrecht.

Paragon products can now by accessed by using new search features located in the main navigation of the website. Users can search for product by product type or series, as well by environment application. Product pages include a download section that is a collection of cut sheets, symbology, assembly instructions and applicable knowledge or training materials such as articles or blog posts as they relate to that specific product. Product pages also include easy to use model number charts that expand, product configuration drawings and color option charts.

The website has been designed using responsive web design, making web pages render well on a variety of devices and window or screen sizes. In addition, there is an option on pages to share information across all major social networking sites, including Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

For a look at Paragon Furniture’s new website and to learn more about the learning space resources, visit https://www.paragoninc.com/.

About Paragon Furniture, Inc.

Since 1985, Paragon Furniture, Inc., headquartered in Arlington, Texas, has set the pace and place for learning through the creation of high quality, affordable, eco-friendly furniture for use throughout entire K-12 educational environments. Paragon Furniture builds stronger communities by making schools safe, comfortable, active, and inspirational. Paragon knows that learning doesn’t just happen in the classroom – it can happen anywhere. For this reason, Paragon furniture products come in a variety of sizes to fit every educational space and every grade. Paragon’s entire product portfolio is mobile, reconfigurable, collaborative, and customizable to enhance learning, allowing teachers to engage students and students to become more engaged in their future.Paragon Furniture is passionate about its customers and helping them achieve success through the use of comfortable, sustainable furniture products. For more information about Paragon Furniture, go to www.paragoninc.com or call (800) 451-8546.

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Mark Hubbard, President of Paragon Furniture, and EDmarket Equipment Manufacturer Chair will be the opening speaker at the Distribution Symposium during EDspaces – November 7-9, 2018, Tampa, FL.

@1:45p on Tuesday, November 6th, Mark will discuss the disruptive forces shaping the distribution landscape.

Join Mark on November 6th as he explores how traditional channels of distribution are impacted by online purchasing, the shifting roles of purchasing decision makers, private label distributors, and new alternative channels. Mark Hubbard will share his views on shifting go-to-market strategies and how field sales reps can maintain their relevance and profitability.

About Mark Hubbard.

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EMOJI™ Seating Addresses Sensory Needs While Keeping Learning Spaces Active; Ready to Order Now

ARLINGTON, Texas – February 6, 2018 – Paragon Furniture, Inc., manufacturer of K-12 educational furniture that sets the pace and place for learning, today introduced EMOJI™ Seating. The new seating is shipping now and will be shown in the Best Buy Education booth (#533) during the 2018 TCEA Expo, February 6th through 8th at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas.

In every classroom, there’s a flurry of stimulus and activity, and humans can lose focus. In such an energized space, emotions rarely sit still. The new EMOJI™ line of Seating was designed with the physical and emotional well-being of children and adults in mind.

“Human perception of comfort is affected by every aspect of our environment: what surrounds us, how we behave, the tech we touch, and everything we sense and feel,” explained Mark Hubbard, president of Paragon Furniture, Inc. “EMOJI™ Seating features and details were designed to generate a sensory response. The chairs come in bright primary colors and neons to increase energy, creativity and activity, as well as in muted colors to promote relaxation, calmness, and focus. The “textured zones” are used to hold a person firmly in their seat while the rubberized bumpers and quiet casters eliminate ambient noise.”

EMOJI™ Seating helps create a delightful experience for children and a refined, performance-driven experience for adults. Each piece is designed to support us in how we move and find comfort at various ages as well as how we evolve from seeking playfulness to focus. Three sizes cover all ages and hold characteristics specific to the physical and skeletal needs of each.

  • Seat back flexibility
  • Lightweight and mobile
  • Slotted for aeration
  • Multi-posture and direction support

At every age, EMOJI™ Seating is designed to support us. The Child version is playful and soft, with a built-in smiley face to elicit a connection to joy and happiness. While the Adult chair’s support structure more closely mimics the grown-up spine and pelvis.

The furniture is lightweight, mobile and stackable making it ideal for any active learning space. All the EMOJI™ chairs have seatback flexibility with a shell design that allows for fluid posture change and spontaneous movement. At the same time, the perforated seat patterns are slotted for natural aeration.

EMOJI™ Seating is available and shipping now from Paragon Furniture.

About Paragon Furniture, Inc.

Since 1985, Paragon Furniture, Inc., headquartered in Arlington, Texas, has set the pace and place for learning through the creation of high quality, affordable, eco-friendly furniture for use throughout entire K-12 educational environments. Paragon Furniture builds stronger communities by making schools safe, comfortable, active, and inspirational. Paragon knows that learning doesn’t just happen in the classroom – it can happen anywhere. For this reason, Paragon furniture products come in a variety of sizes to fit every educational space and every grade. Paragon’s entire product portfolio is mobile, reconfigurable, collaborative, and customizable to enhance learning, allowing teachers to engage students and students to become more engaged in their future.

Paragon Furniture is passionate about its customers and helping them achieve success through the use of comfortable, sustainable furniture products. For more information about Paragon Furniture, go to www.paragoninc.com or call (800) 451-8546.

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Paragon Furniture‘s very own Mark Hubbard shares his thoughts on Maker Spaceswith NBC Chicago and shows Paragon’s MAKER® INVENT™ Table and MAKER® Idea Board, both products are part of Paragon Furniture’sMAKER FARM™ Series.

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ARLINGTON, Texas – July 27, 2017 – Paragon Furniture, Inc., manufacturer of K-12 educational furniture that sets the pace and place for learning, today announced that its company President Mark Hubbard was recently elected Chairman of The Equipment Manufacturers Council, a leadership group of the Education Market Association (EDmarket), the trade association representing the K-12 educational products industry.

The Equipment Manufacturer’s Council’s primary responsibilities are to generate ideas for new products and services; oversee program effectiveness to sustain quality; mentor new members and new trade show attendees; hare views on issues affecting the industry; and identify future leaders. Elected by fellow council members, Hubbard is currently serving the third year of his term.

“Paragon Furniture has been an EDmarket member since 1985 and an active supporter of the industry,” explained Jim McGarry, President/CEO of EDmarket. “Mark’s knowledge of the industry and his key relationships within the dealer, supplier, and architect community are instrumental in moving EDmarket in new directions.”

Paragon Furniture President Mark Hubbard explained, “Our role is to provide our members with the right combination of quality information they need to stay competitive in the quickly shifting K-12 educational products marketplace. I look forward to working with members to provide the research, training, and tools they need to grow and advance their businesses while they actively participate in the success of our industry.”

About The Education Market Association

The Education Market Association (EDmarket) connects people who want to succeed in the education market by providing events, resources and leadership to those who serve education. For more information, visit www.edmarket.org.

About Paragon Furniture, Inc.

Since 1985, Paragon Furniture Inc., headquartered in Arlington, Texas, has set the pace and place for learning through the creation of high quality, affordable, eco-friendly furniture for use throughout entire K-12 educational environments. Paragon Furniture builds stronger communities by making schools safe, comfortable, active, and inspirational. Paragon knows that learning doesn’t just happen I the classroom – it can happen anywhere. For this reason, Paragon furniture products come in a variety of sizes to fit every educational space and every grade. Paragon’s entire product portfolio is mobile, reconfigurable, collaborative, and customizable to enhance learning, allowing teachers to engage students and students to become more engaged in their future.

Paragon Furniture is passionate about its customers and helping them achieve success through the use of comfortable, sustainable furniture products. For more information about Paragon Furniture, go to www.paragoninc.com, or call (800) 451-8546.

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Student Imagination Unleashed with New MAKER® Products and Step-By-Step Maker Space Implementation Guide, CEU Course

ARLINGTON, Texas – May 25, 2017 – Paragon Furniture, Inc., manufacturer of K-12 educational furniture that sets the pace and place for learning, is making maker spaces and STEM labs more thought-provoking, inspiring and comfortable with the new MAKER® Series INVENT Table and Idea Board.

To help support the creation of a maker space in a K-12 environment, Paragon Furniture has also unveiled a “Maker Space Implementation Guide,” which provides step-by-step instruction on strategies to design, equip and help teachers shift their mindset to take full advantage of the space with their students. Additionally, Paragon is now offering an accredited AIA CEU course on “How to Create a Maker Space in K-12 Schools.”

Maker spaces are changing the way students view school and giving them a path for the future,” said Mark Hubbard, president, Paragon Furniture, Inc. “Studies show that when educators encourage students to learn by creating, the students become more engaged and invested in their education. The MAKER® INVENT™ Table and MAKER® Idea Board are designed to work together in an active learning environment that allows for collaboration in a maker space, a STEM lab or a classroom.”

The MAKER® INVENT™ Table and MAKER® Idea Board offer a canvas for interactive learning, brainstorming and connection. Their true differentiator is the perforated side panels, which allow for the easy storage and access of tools and writing utensils.

MAKER® INVENT™ Table

The tables, available in rectangle or clover-shaped work surfaces and in sitting or standing heights, provide ample space for legs and knees, whether students are sitting in chairs, stools or standing. Tables are available with locking casters for easy mobility or glides for stationary applications. The table surface can also be configured using a variety of materials such as laminate, chemical-resistant, and butcher block to fit the intent of the space. In addition, optional electrical access can be mounted to the table. Power cords are managed using work surface cutouts and grommet holes so cords stay off the work space.

MAKER® Idea Board

The Paragon MAKER® Idea Board offers a canvas for interactive learning, brainstorming and connection. The double-sided dry erase finish is both a writing surface and magnetic so it adds flexibility to any group gathering. It offers a degree of privacy and separation among small groups within the same classroom. The Idea Board has four twin-wheel locking casters for easy mobility while the upright handles provide an easy grip for transportation. It supports most flip chart pads using chart hooks located at the top of the board.

The MAKER® INVENT™ Table and MAKER® Idea Board are currently available and shipping. Based on test results, both are compliant with MAS Certified Green criteria and performance standards established for low-emitting materials under the CDPH, CHPS and the LEED v4 general emissions criteria programs. In addition, all MAKER products are tested to meet or exceed the appropriate ANSI/BIFMA x5.5-2008 standards for durability and safety. Paragon Furniture provides a lifetime structural warranty against defects.

According to Cindy Eggebrecht, director of marketing for Paragon Furniture, Inc., “To help educators integrate the maker furniture into a K-12 environment, Paragon is offering a Maker Space Implementation Guide, as well as a maker space CEU course worth one learning unit. The combination of these resources give educators, designers and architects the insight and direction they need to create and successfully design and run a maker space or STEM lab.”

Maker Space Implementation Guide

The new guide offers practical advice on crafting a vision, designing a maker space and transforming the role of the teacher. Some of the highlights include:

  • Four key questions to guide initial planning efforts
  • Eight essential elements of a good maker space project
  • Tips for equipping a maker space on a budget
  • Four new roles of a maker space teacher
  • Examples of best practice maker spaces with documented results

Maker Space CEU Course

The new course covers questions and strategies to consider when designing a maker space and helps teachers shift their mindset to take full advantage of the space with their students. Learning objectives include defining the maker movement and why it is significant for education, crafting the vision and determining the goals of the space, configuring the space, and transforming the role of the teacher as a learning facilitator.

About Paragon Furniture, Inc.

Since 1985, Paragon Furniture Inc., headquartered in Arlington, Texas, has set the pace and place for learning through the creation of high quality, affordable, eco-friendly furniture for use throughout entire K-12 educational environments. Paragon Furniture builds stronger communities by making schools safe, comfortable, active, and inspirational. Paragon knows that learning doesn’t just happen I the classroom – it can happen anywhere. For this reason, Paragon furniture products come in a variety of sizes to fit every educational space and every grade. Paragon’s entire product portfolio is mobile, reconfigurable, collaborative, and customizable to enhance learning, allowing teachers to engage students and students to become more engaged in their future.

Paragon Furniture is passionate about its customers and helping them achieve success through the use of comfortable, sustainable furniture products. For more information about Paragon Furniture, go to www.paragoninc.com, or call (800) 451-8546.

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Complete Line of Seating Furnishes Entire School Space; 
Provides Comfort, Durability and Mobility; Lifetime Warranty

ARLINGTON, Texas – May 17, 2017– Paragon Furniture, Inc., manufacturer of K-12 educational furniture that sets the pace and place for learning, today launched an entirely new family of chairs and stools designed to outfit every space in a school. The new READY® line of seating is ideal for classroomslabscafesmedia centersmaker spaces and teacher areas. All of the products in the new line are currently available to order and will ship in June 2017.

According to Mark Hubbard, President, Paragon Furniture, Inc., “Oftentimes from a furniture planning perspective, there is a tendency to focus on the tables first with the seating becoming a later consideration. But the truth is that the comfort, durability and mobility of the seating are critical factors that must be top-of-mind early on in the process, particularly for an active K-12 learning space. The new READY® chairs and stools are made exclusively for this type of environment and are available in child, youth and adult heights, with open seating posture, easy-to-move glides and the ability to stack and move them around with ease.”

The perfect complement to any Paragon desk or table, the new READY® line features six products: adjustable-height READY® lab stools and task chairs, and non-adjustable READY® 4-leg chairs on glides or casters, 4-leg stools, and cantilevered chairs.

Hubbard added, “Classrooms are no longer static – the range of teaching and learning modalities has increased, requiring classroom furnishings to be comfortable, durable and serve more than one purpose. When it comes to classroom chairs, ergonomic research indicates, ‘seating that allows for micro-movement improves student engagement and content retention rate.’ This could make the difference between whether or not a student stays engaged and focused throughout the school day.”

The READY® chairs and stools have a one-piece, contoured shell that features a symmetrical sloping surface around the entire chair to relieve pressure on the back of students’ legs. They have an ergonomic design with powerful curves and dynamic, round shapes to deliver a comfortable, natural impression. And their polypropylene, gas injection-molded shell provides an ergonomically ideal range of flex of up to 18 degrees.

READY® chairs are made with a strong internal structural cavity, ensuring the ability to withstand daily use, while at the same time, eliminating unsightly ribs and creating a finished look in the front and back. The waterfall edges on the seat sides provide comfort and strength, and an ergonomic integrated pull is molded into the back of the chair for easy mobility. The legs are available standard with swivel nylon glides and are also available in felt or metal options, making the chairs quiet and safe for all floor types.

Up to six non-adjustable READY® chairs can be easily stacked and moved throughout a school. All of the products in the line are available in both child, youth and adult heights (14-inch, 16-inch and 18-inches) to accommodate students and faculty.

The new READY® chairs and stools are available in 16 plastic shell colors and five frame colors to match the décor of a specific room or an entire school. With minimal end user assembly required, the stools and chairs are essentially ready for use upon delivery. They coordinate with Paragon’s entire line of tables to help complete every learning space in a school or district.

Paragon Furniture provides a lifetime structural warranty against defects. Paragon® warrants that each piece of furniture will be free from defects in material and workmanship, given normal use and care, for as long as the original owners use the products (subject to limitations). All the products in the READY® line are designed and tested against ANSI/BIFMA standards for durability and safety.

About Paragon Furniture, Inc.

Since 1985, Paragon Furniture, Inc., headquartered in Arlington, Texas, has set the pace and place for learning through the creation of high quality, affordable, eco-friendly furniture for use throughout entire K-12 educational environments. Paragon Furniture builds stronger communities by making schools safe, comfortable, active, and inspirational. Paragon knows that learning doesn’t just happen in the classroom – it can happen anywhere. For this reason, Paragon furniture products come in a variety of sizes to fit every educational space and every grade. Paragon’s entire product portfolio is mobile, reconfigurable, collaborative, and customizable to enhance learning, allowing teachers to engage students and students to become more engaged in their future.

Paragon Furniture is passionate about its customers and helping them achieve success through the use of comfortable, sustainable furniture products. For more information about Paragon Furniture, go to www.paragoninc.com or call (800) 451-8546.

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MOTIV® Soft Seating and Occasional Tables Facilitate Group/Individual Learning and Meeting; EMOJI™ Seating Addresses Sensory Needs While Keeping Learning Spaces Active

ARLINGTON, Texas – May 4, 2017 – Paragon Furniture, Inc., manufacturer of K-12 educational furniture that sets the pace and place for learning, has acquired the MOTIV® Freestanding and Modular Soft Seating and Occasional Table Series, and EMOJI™ Seating Series product lines from Bretford Manufacturing, Inc.®, effective immediately.

“Education spaces are, more than ever, about student choice and about offering variety,” explained Mark Hubbard, president of Paragon Furniture, Inc. “Using a mix of different furniture helps to create areas for independent study, student collaboration, and group project work. MOTIV® and EMOJI™ products are complementary to Paragon’s existing K-12 product offering, and to the new lines we are introducing this year.”

According to Chris Petrick, CEO, Bretford Manufacturing, Inc. “The MOTIV® and EMOJI products have generated great success in the K-12 environment. While they are not Bretford’s core expertise any longer, they are an ideal addition to the Paragon line. These products will continue to advance teaching and learning in the K-12 community for many years to come.”

MOTIV® Freestanding and Modular Soft Seating

Known for its comfort, flexibility, and power access, the MOTIV® line of soft seating is ideal for media centers, student commons, teacher lounges, main office areas, and other casual and collaborative spaces within the K-12 environment.

MOTIV® Freestanding and Modular Soft Seating furniture products include stools, chairs, sofas, and benches all designed to support countless configurations. MOTIV® modular products move and gang together to create the formation required for individual study or group discussion. Both freestanding and modular pieces offer optional AC (120V) and USB power outlets — USB charging supplies up to a full charge rate of 2.1 amps to ensure devices stay charged and students stay productive throughout the entire day. In addition, MOTIV® Occasional Tables are complementary to MOTIV® Soft Seating. Tables come in a laminate top and are offered in round, rectangle, or square shapes.

All MOTIV® products are certified to GREENGUARD GOLD air quality standards, which contribute points toward LEED certification. They meet CAL TB117 standards for fire retardancy and are CarbonNeutral® certified for a net zero carbon footprint.

MOTIV® Soft Seating and Occasional Tables are currently available and shipping.

EMOJI™ Seating

EMOJI™ seating is available in child, youth, and adult sizes and can be fully customized in a variety of shell and frame colors. The furniture is lightweight, mobile, and stackable making it ideal for any active learning space.

EMOJI™ seating comes in bright primary colors and neons to increase energy, creativity, and activity, as well as in muted colors to promote relaxation, calmness, and focus. The “textured zones” are used to hold a person firmly in their seat while the rubberized bumpers and quiet casters eliminate ambient noise. All the EMOJI™ chairs have seatback flexibility with a shell design that allows for fluid posture change and spontaneous movement. At the same time, the perforated seat patterns are slotted for natural aeration.

EMOJI™ Soft Seating will be available and shipping from Paragon Furniture this fall.

About Paragon Furniture, Inc.

Since 1985, Paragon Furniture, Inc., headquartered in Arlington, Texas, has set the pace and place for learning through the creation of high quality, affordable, eco-friendly furniture for use throughout entire K-12 educational environments. Paragon Furniture builds stronger communities by making schools safe, comfortable, active, and inspirational. Paragon knows that learning doesn’t just happen in the classroom – it can happen anywhere. For this reason, Paragon furniture products come in a variety of sizes to fit every educational space and every grade. Paragon’s entire product portfolio is mobile, reconfigurable, collaborative, and customizable to enhance learning, allowing teachers to engage students and students to become more engaged in their future.

Paragon Furniture is passionate about its customers and helping them achieve success through the use of comfortable, sustainable furniture products. For more information about Paragon Furniture, go to www.paragoninc.com or call (800) 451-8546.

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ARLINGTON, Texas – May 1, 2017 – Paragon Furniture, Inc.,manufacturer of K-12 educational furniture that sets the pace and place for learning, today announced the hiring of Cindy Eggebrecht as Director of Marketing.

A proven leader and mentor with a successful background in marketing and sales, Eggebrecht is responsible for overseeing all marketing activities for Paragon Furniture, including creative, research, tradeshows and events, public relations, social media, website development, marketing automation and vendor management.

According to Mark Hubbard, President of Paragon Furniture, “As Paragon’s product portfolio vastly expands and our distribution channel widens, the importance of deepening our customer relationships has never been greater. With more than a decade of product and channel marketing experience focused on furniture for educational spaces, Cindy’s arrival at Paragon Furniture couldn’t be more perfectly timed. Paragon Furniture is passionate about the success of its customers – and when combined with Cindy’s leadership experience creating pathways to support the use of collaborative furniture for active learning environments, this is an exciting time for Paragon and our customer community.”

Prior to Paragon Furniture, Eggebrecht was Director of Marketing Communications for Bretford Manufacturing, Inc.® where she led a team of professionals responsible for domestic and international internal, channel and end user reach. While at Bretford, Eggebrecht spearheaded the development of marketing tools designed to help facility professionals create and implement agile learning spaces. She also led research projects that focused on the learning space as an educational tool. She’s built a collection of tools, articles and case studies to support active learning environments, which are being used by schools across the country.

Eggebrecht’s background includes a variety of marketing, sales and channel manager positions at NEC Solutions (America), Inc., and Lucent Technologies. Cindy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, Marketing from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, IL, which she earned in three years.

About Paragon Furniture, Inc.

Since 1985, Paragon Furniture, Inc., headquartered in Arlington, Texas, has set the pace and place for learning through the creation of high quality, affordable, eco-friendly furniture for use throughout entire K-12 educational environments. Paragon Furniture builds stronger communities by making schools safe, comfortable, active, and inspirational. Paragon knows that learning doesn’t just happen in the classroom – it can happen anywhere. For this reason, Paragon furniture products come in a variety of sizes to fit every educational space and every grade. Paragon’s entire product portfolio is mobile, reconfigurable, collaborative, and customizable to enhance learning, allowing teachers to engage students and students to become more engaged in their future.

Paragon Furniture is passionate about its customers and helping them achieve success through the use of comfortable, sustainable furniture products. For more information about Paragon Furniture, go to www.paragoninc.com or call (800) 451-8546.