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National Adhesive Inc. Commits to Simplicity Without Compromising Quality

When it comes to anything that sticks, National Adhesive Inc. knows what makes the cut. The company has been committed to providing cutting-edge products that have changed the game in the adhesive and sealant market. With its line of adhesives, sealants, and tapes, National Adhesive Inc. has played a crucial role in the productivity of many individuals and organizations.

National Adhesive Inc. went from producing humble and novice brands to becoming one of the fastest-growing adhesive and sealant companies in all of North America. Its rapid rise to success is fueled by its commitment to present customers with innovations that simplify what has been done in the past by their competitors. The company is deeply passionate about scaling its brand to great heights and growing further into the multi-billion dollar industry. 

National Adhesive Inc. prides itself on having a wide range of products, all manufactured with its signature strength and durability. The company does not merely focus on producing sealants but is committed to genuinely understanding what the customers need and filling the gap for what is absent in the market.

Some of its most celebrated products are GlueAngel, an all-American reliable line of sealants, adhesives, and tapes, and Thicc Tape, which specializes in contractor-grade products designed to meet the highest industry standards for real estate. 

Furthermore, National Adhesive Inc. recently built a platform that makes ordering their products more accessible to everyone. “Our knowledge-based interactive platform has been launched. It removes the guessing our of which product to use, makes it easy to purchase; easy to use and easy to know where to use or how to use, and encourages you to join a community sharing knowledge and tips,” shared Dean Vanzyl of the National Adhesive Inc.

The primary goal of National Adhesive Inc. is to make things easy. They do not produce complicated, and overpromising products yet do not deliver its guaranteed results. Everything the company does revolves around making life easier for their customers, taking away all the unnecessary frills to produce nothing but the best.

Beyond being an adhesive company, National Adhesive Inc. is also a marketing and customer-focused business providing solutions that have not been presented before by other proponents in its industry. 

For over three years, National Adhesive Inc. has made itself and its products stand out in the adhesive market in the United States. Backed by a 25-year partnership with industry leaders from Africa and with the founder’s 25-year experience in marketing and customer service, National Adhesive Inc. is indeed one to watch.

“We have come out of nowhere, and we are already listed and loaded with the biggest players in our market. During the first quarter of 2021, our goods were sold in every single major retailer in our field,” shared Vanzyl. Furthermore, with their steady rise, the founder assures their competitors who do not know of them yet and do not see them as a current threat will soon know more about National Adhesive Inc. as the company continues to take great strides to dominate the adhesive and sealant industry.

Learn more about National Adhesive Inc. on its website.

JerseyStyle Turns ChicagoStyle To Bring In The New Year

Chicago has played tourist destination to many folks over the years, and to kick off 2022, our great city had the honor to host Michael and Basia Newman, the massive social media influencers behind ‘JerseyStyle’ who also appeared on the recent hit FOX television program, “MasterChef: Legends” with Gordon Ramsay. 

While in town, the two who live by the mindset of “Love + Positivity = Success” caught up with us to chat about bringing JerseyStyle to ChicagoStyle, and what exciting things they have planned for themselves and their followers for the year ahead.

1. How was your time in town? What brought you here?

This was our first time traveling to Chicago, believe it or not. We have talked about it numerous times in the past and just never made it happen. We had an absolutely amazing time while we were in town. The food, the people, the relaxed and laid back atmosphere compared to what we are used to in New York City, it was like no other city we have experienced before. Plus, how clean it was, that is a true testament to a city that cares about its people and its image.

So it would be needless to say that we would love to travel back and be able to enjoy the city when we are completely free of any work duties. With all that being said, we always know that work comes before play, but when it’s time to play, we like to play hard!

As for what brought us to the city of Chicago, well, that was a whimsical and unpredictable story. We were discussing going into NYC for the holidays as we like to do often, then we mentioned traveling to Chicago instead. We had no plans until we received a call from a major production company about working on our own tv pilot. Once we received that call, we were all in. We had work to do which justified our trip, and then we got to enjoy your beautiful city and even be able to do this interview with you featuring our time in Chicago and our LifeStyle brand, JerseyStyle.

2. What were some of your favorite places to go see / eat at?

One of the most obvious places we went to visit would be millennial park, where we got to see the City of Chicago Christmas tree, the infamous Chicago Bean, and the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, all of which were beautiful representations of a miraculous city.

We ate at lots of amazing places, of course indulging in our first ever deep dish Chicago style pizza. The funny part of this story is that on the first night we were there, we just happened to enter a pizza restaurant called Robert’s Pizza Dough Company at 465 N McClurg Ct., and this was a place that we would have expected to find deep dish. Yet to our surprise, it was some of the best thin-crust sourdough pizza we have ever had, even compared to the unofficial pizza capital of the world, NEW JERSEY! 

We also indulged ourselves at a place called Timothy O’Toole’s Pub Chicago that boasted some of the best Irish fare east of the Mississippi!

3. How does Chicago compare to New Jersey?

Very interesting question you have presented to us here. See, New Jersey is the center of the metropolitan area. We live one hour from Philadelphia, one hour to Atlantic City, and not to mention only 45 minutes to NYC! Another main difference is the pace. In New Jersey/New York, we move so fast. We are not rude as some seem to think because of our pace; we just move fast because if you don’t, you will be lost in the hustle and bustle of the big city.

The one thing we didn’t mention about New Jersey is the BEACH. I (Michael) grew up only 4 blocks to the ocean, so the beach life has always been a part of who I am. Both cities have their own unique qualities, and we would be honored to travel back to Chicago for a little more of the mid-western hospitality we experienced.

4. Will we see a ChicagoStyle spin-off of your brand in the future? What would that involve, do you think? 

We loved Chicago so much that is definitely a consideration we have discussed. As nothing can truly be JerseyStyle, we never say no to the possibilities of expanding our brand. There is no reason that every city in every state couldn’t have their own brand of STYLE…. NewYorkStyle, ChicagoStyle, MiamiStyle, LAStyle, etc., so yes, we would love to take our brand and regionalize it in the very near future!

5. What projects are you currently working on for the new year ahead?

The projects that we are currently working on for the New Year ahead include private cooking events either online or through a private dining experience being that Michael has a passion for cooking. We will also be hosting various self-love workshops and seminars. We are also working on writing a lifestyle book, which will encompass all the genres that our brand offers. This is going to be a unique, one of a kind read that you will not want to put down. We have been presented an opportunity to be featured in a cooking show that already has a pilot developed with the talks of our own lifestyle based show in the works.

6. After experiencing our city, would you come back?

YES, YES, YES! So after experiencing all (or as much as we were able to fit into our trip) of your beautiful city of Chicago, WE WOULD ABSOLUTELY RETURN.

East St. Louis Set to Experience a Massive Shift with Howard Hughes III’s $800 Million Development Plan

As far as city-wide development goes, it is the perfect solution for any city looking to improve its citizens’ lives and become a powerhouse in the grand scheme of things. The next city to enjoy the implementation of such a plan is East St. Louis in Illinois. This was announced by 31-year-old real estate developer Howard Hughes III, who will lead the development and change the face of East St. Louis.

The developer from Kalamazoo, Michigan, is set to lead an $800 million master plan which will cover three important phases in the development. With this plan, East St. Louis will gain 25 to 50 homes and two hotels, the development of the CBD Central Business District to add more shops, restaurants, downtown lofts, and various entertainment facilities. In addition, the most treasured parcel of land in East St. Louis, the Riverfront, will also receive some facelift.

According to plans and schedule, Howard Hughes III will bring his team of builders, including Clayco, HBD, and others, to develop East St. Louis city into the city of its citizens’ dreams. Once the development is complete, East St. Louis will become the first predominantly African-American urban community to enjoy a complete upgrade into a modern city. The development will turn East St. Louis into a smart city with remarkable features like city-wide Internet of Things (IoT), solar farms, solar homes, and green and renewable energy supply.

Howard Hughes III already built a solid reputation for himself as an experienced real estate developer but aims to make more waves with this partnership. His developer journey has been built solely on choosing areas that need development, opening them up and turning them around into thriving locations with all the amenities needed in a modern world. He has developed many cities and, as a result, created employment opportunities for thousands of people and helped America benefit through taxes from the numerous businesses that have sprung up from those developments.

Choosing East St. Louis was a no-brainer for Howard Hughes as he sees the city as one with huge potential, and his vision aligns perfectly with what is obtainable. “Right now, the city is pretty much a blank canvas. We have an outstanding view of downtown St. Louis and the Arch while being less than 3 minutes away. This is prime real estate, and the citizens of East St. Louis have been waiting for something of this magnitude. I am just thankful I am in a position to spearhead this very large development. I want to see this city win,” he said.

With the development set to kickstart soon, the next few years will see Howard and his team working hard to bring all the concepts to reality. He hopes to see East St. Louis become the city with opportunities in a few years. He foresees a lot of good things ranging from quality education to jobs, good roads, safe homes and general comfort for everyone who has made the city their home.

Learn more about Howard Hughes III on his website.