Month: June 2021

Paul Silbaugh, one our PA Warehouse team members, is our most recent COE Warrior! He was given this honor because of always going above and beyond and being talented in so many areas. This honor was greatly deserved. Please continue below to see what this honor means to Paul.

What does winning the warrior helmet mean to you?

This award made me happy and feel like a hard worker.

What did you or what do you look for when it comes to choosing the next recipient?

A hard worker.

What goals do you want to achieve and how can COE help get you there?

Just continue to work with me.

What is your favorite part of our employee engagement programs at COE and why?

When we are able to see each other.

What are you most excited for when it comes to our Penguin partnership?

Go see the games.

What COE value do you think you’re the strongest in and why?

Teamwork – our team does whatever it takes to get the job done.

Share some fun facts about yourself!

I am a hard worker, funny, and get along with anyone!

During the COVID pandemic, we didn’t see as many cases of the common cold. Hygiene was at an all-time high between social distancing, disinfecting, handwashing and people generally staying home. Trying to find hand sanitizer at the start of the pandemic became a challenge.  So much so that you saw distilleries pivot to create hand sanitizer to keep up with demand. (We love seeing other companies innovate too!) With the introduction of the COVID vaccine and cases declining in the US, people are letting up on some of these safe practices and common colds are coming back.

Why We Need to Keep Up Safe Practices Post-Covid

Even in a post-Coronavirus environment, the importance of hand sanitizer in the office, gym, hospital, classroom (etc.) is still astounding! In a 2016 research study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, objects such as office phones, water fountains, keyboards, computer mice, and elevator buttons are home to over 10 million bacteria. (That’s 400 times more germs than found on most toilet seats!)

Hand sanitizer units are an important tool to help stop the spread of germs and prevent illness and reduce the alarming rate of presenteeism (when employees come to work despite being sick and thus are not able to perform as well) in the workplace!

Making hand sanitizer easily accessible in your workplace will not only help keep your employees healthy, but also give your customers and guests peace of mind that they are in a clean environment. When a business installs a hand sanitizer station, it is telling clients and employees that “We welcome you, and we take your health and safety very seriously.”

Our OfficeSource Automatic Freestanding Sanitizer Dispenser is small, taking up just one square foot of space, so it can easily be placed where needed.  These dispensers are perfect for gyms & public spaces, classrooms & libraries, meeting & training rooms, hospitals & health facilities, entrances & exits and other high traffic areas.

These units are freestanding, which means they can easily be moved and placed where needed. There’s no need to mount them to a wall, and they are constructed with an all metal base for added stability. The 1,000ml universal fill reservoir can be refilled with your preferred liquid hand sanitizer (solution not included). Right now we are offering a promotion, so you can buy 10 and get 1 free to donate to charity. At COE, we believe in giving back, and these hand sanitizer dispensers are beneficial in helping to keep everyone safe and healthy.

Contact us if you have any questions regarding these hand sanitizer dispensers or any other needs you may have that COE Distributing can help with. 

Innovation is defined as a new idea, method, or device.

At COE Distributing, innovation is at the core of what we do. We are always working towards improving and staying relevant in this ever-changing environment.
During the past 15 months, businesses faced many challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For a company devoted to furnishing offices, the abrupt and prolonged closure of offices across the United States seemed especially daunting. Our team quickly pivoted to create COVID-19 environment products such as acrylic screens, anti-microbial seating options and other return to work safely products while continuing to strengthen our supply chain, factory partners and educate our clients on what’s happening in real time.
“We are focused on reacting quickly to market demands but also building a sustainable company that is positioned for long term growth and success for our teammates and our clients.” 
~ JD Ewing, CEO and Founder of COE Distributing
Seeing an urgent need for products to help make offices safer, COE plunged into manufacturing for the first time ever. We envisioned and created an expansive line of acrylic screens and dividers in-house, bringing the products to market within just two months under our private label, OfficeSource
OfficeSource is leading the office furniture industry by offering globally sourced best in class furniture. We source high-quality office furniture with forward-thinking, well-planned designs from around the globe. Our developers collaborate with skilled manufacturers to bring exclusive products to market, ensuring each piece meets unwavering quality standards. We’ve also produced new product lines, enabling us to nimbly adapt to rapidly changing industry conditions. While the work from home trend was a big shift in 2020, we are also adapting to provide solutions for people to get back to work and school safely with products that help with social distancing.
“Our focus is on developing items that are comfortable in both home and office spaces. Other items will continue to be focused on commercial in office use, while some will be strictly small footprint products for working from home.” 
~ Stan Idzi, Sr. VP Sales and Merchandising, COE Distributing

Getting Back to Business

It’s important for schools and offices to create a safe learning and work environment for students and employees who continue to travel to school and work. Social distancing should play a big part of this. Our selection of shields and panels can easily and quickly be added to any environment.
The OfficeSource Safeguard Barrier Collection is a complete social distancing solution. This collection features all-plastic corrugated barriers that are ideal for school desktops and educational institutions. Safeguard barriers are completely sanitizable and available in 2 styles and several sizes. 
The OfficeSource Borders II Collection is a modular desk mounted system that can be retrofitted to most OS Laminate Collection workstations in a manner that allows you to define your space the way you want. 
These solutions will help continue social distancing while returning to school and work. 

The New Corner Office (In the Home)

While some are returning to their regular office routine, there are still those that are working from home either full time or part-time as we’ve seen a trend of employers reducing their office space and only having employees come in a few days a week. We saw the need for more work from home solutions that would allow people to adapt and feel comfortable working from home.  
If you are creating an office space in your home, there is the infinite potential of a blank canvas. All you have to do is imagine… We are providing the solutions to create a comfortable environment for all spaces. 
Whether you have a dedicated room for a home office or need a small set up that can be incorporated into a shared space in your home, we’ve put together collections for every situation.
We’re proud to be an industry leader and look forward to continuing to innovate, so we can bring you the best quality furniture that will fit your needs. 
“Quality and service are two main components of COE that have always been a priority for new product development. COE was founded on excellence over 75 years ago, and we have stayed true to this notion. I believe tradition and innovation are also two key pillars that make this company special. We are deeply rooted in tradition, and yet there are things we do that are cutting edge for our industry.”
~ Melanie Ewing, CMO, COE Distributing

Learn more about COE Distributing and what makes our company special. Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have! 

William DeBerry, one of our PA warehouse team members is the newest recipient of the Warrior Helmet. He was given this honor due to his consistent hard work and dedication every day and because he truly lives out the company’s core values daily. We thank him for being a strong example of what working hard can achieve. Please continue below to read what this honor means to William. 

What does winning the warrior helmet mean to you?

This just shows that you should always aim to reach your goals no matter how big or small they are. My wife and daughter are a big reason as to why I received this.

What did you or what do you look for when it comes to choosing the next recipient?

Someone who always works hard and has great teamwork. 

How has COE helped you to get where you are?

COE has trusted me with leadership skills and gave me the confidence to be a better employee. 

What goals do you want to achieve and how can COE help get you there?

Personal and operational growth. I want my kids to know they can achieve anything they set their hearts on. 

What is your favorite part of our employee engagement programs at COE and why?

We’ve grown to be a stronger team and stronger as individuals. 

What are you most excited for when it comes to our Penguin partnership?

It’s a great experience and I’ve been a fan for over 25 years. 

What COE value do you think youu2019re the strongest in and why?

Teamwork – without it, nothing can be achieved. 

Share some fun facts about yourself!

Laughter at work makes the day go faster!