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Research Report on Industrial Fasteners Market in 2018: Transparency Market Research


Albany, New York (PRWEB) May 20, 2014

According to a new report published by Transparency Market Research “Industrial Fasteners Market (Externally Threaded, Aerospace Grade and Standard) for Automotive OEM, Machinery OEM, MRO and Construction Applications – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2012 – 2018,” the global demand for industrial fasteners was valued at USD 65.50 billion in 2011 and is expected to reach USD 94.65 billion in 2018, growing at a CAGR of 5.4% from 2012 to 2018.

Fasteners are devices which are used to mechanically join two or more components, devices or surfaces together. The commonly used fasteners include nails, screws, nut, bolts, clips, rivets, pins and washers. The basic requirements for fasteners are that they must be strong enough to handle loads and pressure, must be cost effective, easy to use, resistive to corrosion and aesthetic. They find application across a wide range of sectors such as automobiles, construction, electronics, machineries, industries and other everyday applications. Increasing demand for automobiles particularly in countries such as China, Brazil and India is an important factor which is expected to contribute to the growth of the fasteners market over the forecast period. Development of tailor-made fasteners to suit rapidly growing niche application sectors such as rail road and solar equipment is expected to open new opportunities for the growth of the market in the near future.

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Externally threaded fastener was the largest product segment of industrial fasteners accounting for 45% of the market in 2011. These fasteners are used in a variety of applications including construction, automotives, durable goods, industrial and domestic machines and other OEM segments. This product segment is expected to be the fastest growing segment on account of rising demand for durable goods. Other factors such as increasing construction activities and industrialization are expected to drive the demand for externally threaded fasteners. The consumption for standard fasteners accounted for over 30% of the market in 2011.

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Usage of industrial fasteners in other OEMs was the largest application segment of the market accounting for over 30% in 2011. However, the demand for fasteners from construction sector is expected to be highest on account of rising construction activities in Asia Pacific. Renovation and restructuring activities in matured markets of North America and Europe are expected to contribute significantly to the demand for fasteners in construction. Demand for fasteners from automotive OEM is expected to be higher than average on account of increasing demand for automobiles in countries such as China and India due to growing disposable income of consumers in this region. In addition, replacement activities are highly prevalent in North America and Europe. These factors are expected to drive the global demand for industrial fasteners in their use in automotive OEM over the forecast period. Maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) was the third largest application segment for industrial fasteners. However, this segment is expected to show the slowest growth on account of rising consumer preference towards replacement of goods.

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Asia Pacific accounted for the largest demand for industrial fasteners followed by the demand in Western Europe. Asia Pacific accounted for 40% of the total market in 2011. Rapid industrialization which led to improved economic conditions has led to rising construction activities for residential and non-residential buildings. In addition, industrialization has led to a growth of machinery OEM market in this region. Furthermore, favorable economic conditions have led to rising disposable income of consumers, thus, driving the demand for durable goods. These factors are expected to boost the demand for fasteners in this region over the next six years. Changing economic conditions of countries present in rest of the world such as Brazil is expected to drive the demand for fasteners over the near future. Moreover, increasing construction activities in Middle East and Africa are expected to further fuel the demand for fasteners.

Some of the key players present in the market include Alcoa Incorporated, Illinois Tool Works Incorporated, LISI Group, NIFCO and Precision Castparts Corporation. Other prominent players include Penn Engineering & Manufacturing Corporation, Stanley Black & Decker and ITW.

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Heavy Construction Equipment Market Worth $195.0 Billion by 2018 – New Report by MarketsandMarkets


(PRWEB) April 21, 2014

The report Heavy Construction Equipment Market: By Types (Earthmoving, Material Handling, Heavy Construction Vehicles, Others), Application Areas (Infrastructure, Commercial, Residential), and Geography – Global Trends & Forecast To 2018. defines and segments the global heavy construction equipment market with an analysis and forecast of the revenue. The heavy construction equipment market will grow from an estimated $ 131.1 billion in 2013 to $ 195.0 billion by 2018, at a CAGR of 8.3% from 2013 to 2018.

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Asia-Pacific: Largest market for heavy construction equipment

Asia-Pacific has experienced a boom in construction and infrastructural activities as the emphasis on developing infrastructure for the sustainable economy is growing. The global population rise and migration to major cities since the last decade has further increased the demand for residential buildings. Asia-Pacific has seen growth in a number of airports, dams, hydro-electric projects, etc., to sustain high level industrial activities and growing energy demand. As a result, many international players have invested and started their manufacturing facilities and distribution centres in the region.

Earth moving equipment: Biggest market, by types

Earth moving equipment has the largest market share in the heavy construction equipment market across the globe. Earth moving equipment is used globally for all types of geographic topologies. They are also used for excavation purpose which is a necessary operation and are performed in all types of terrain across the globe. Earth moving equipment includes excavators, loaders, backhoes, motor graders, and other equipment. BRIC nations drive the growth of this market.

Infrastructure leads the market by application

Infrastructure includes the public infrastructure such as heavy civil works of rail, road, dams, irrigation canals, governmental schools, post offices, hospitals, sports complexes, stadiums, and other heavy civil construction work. These structures form the backbone for the development of the economy for any country. After the market slump of 2009, governments of various nations have started investing to develop better infrastructure. The infrastructure construction activities will be dominant in developing markets such as China, India and Brazil. The reconstruction activities in Japan after the devastating earthquake have also contributed to the infrastructure construction market.

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Fleet Management Services Procurement Category Market Research Report Now Available from IBISWorld


Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) March 14, 2014

Fleet management services have a buyer power score of 3.1 out of 5. This score indicates that buyers have slightly more power in negotiations, based on the modest rate at which service prices increased during the past three years. According to IBISWorld procurement analyst Jeffrey Cohen, Factors that contributed positively to buyer power were the relatively fragmented nature of the market, a modest availability of substitutes and moderate switching costs.

The price of fleet management services increased at a moderate pace during the past three years as the economy steadily recovered. This rise in price occurred as the number of businesses increased alongside corporate profit, causing businesses to increase demand for fleet management services. In response, suppliers raised the price of their services. However, price increases were mitigated due to declining demand from another key buyer, local and state governments. Although the US economy was in the midst of recovery, many local and state governments experienced budget shortfalls and had to reduce spending on services that were not priorities, including fleet management services. Due to reduced demand, suppliers kept price increases low to try and retain existing customers, says Cohen.

Buyer negotiation power is positively affected by the relatively fragmented nature of the market. Because there are many suppliers throughout the United States, buyers have many choices in which supplier to purchase services from, thereby pitting suppliers against one another (this applies mostly to medium and large buyers). This factor can benefit buyers in terms of price and receiving additional services they otherwise may not have gotten. In addition, buyers have the option of purchasing products and services such as vehicle telematics and consulting services from vendors other than fleet management companies, thereby allowing buyers not to have to purchase additional services in a bundle that they may not need. Lastly, there is a moderate level of switching costs, which favors buyers because there are several suppliers that have years of experience and are willing to provide services to buyers located anywhere throughout the United States. The top four vendors in the market are General Electric Company, Automotive Resources International Inc., PHH Corporation and LeasePlan USA

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IBISWorld Procurement Report Key Topics

This report is intended to assist buyers of fleet management services. Fleet management services involve the management of a companys transportation fleet, which primarily includes commercial motor vehicles such as cars, vans, trucks, ships and rail cars. The primary services that fleet management companies offer are vehicle financing, vehicle maintenance, vehicle telematics, fuel management and health and safety management. The key buyers of these services are businesses and local and state government entities. This report does not include fleet leasing car services.

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Pricing Environment

Price Fundamentals

Benchmark Price

Pricing Model

Price Drivers

Recent Price Trend

Price Forecast

Product Characteristics

Product Life Cycle

Total Cost of Ownership

Product Specialization

Substitute Goods

Regulation

Quality Control

Supply Chain & Vendors

Supply Chain Dynamics

Supply Chain Risk

Imports

Competitive Environment

Market Share Concentration

Vendor Financial Benchmarks

Switching Costs

Purchasing Process

Buying Basics

Buying Lead Time

Selection Process

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Emerging New Innovative End-Use Applications to Drive the Market for Metal Oxide Nanopowders, According to a New Trend Report Published by Global Industry Analysts, Inc.

San Jose, CA (PRWEB) January 03, 2014

Follow us on LinkedIn Nanopowders can be primarily categorized as metal oxides, pure metals, compounds, and compound oxides. Metal oxides account for about 75% of the overall nanopowder production, followed by pure metal nanopowders. Key benefits of metal oxide nanopowders driving its adoption include superior dispersability features, small particle size, and greater mechanical and structural stability, among others. The market is also expected to benefit from encouraging industrial applications in plastics, paints, paper, and cosmetics.

The trend report titled Metal Oxide Nanopowders announced by Global Industry Analysts Inc., is a focused research paper which provides cursory insights into the product, its applications, and future prospects. In addition to providing coverage on corporate initiatives of key companies worldwide, the report also offers global market estimates and projections for Metal Oxide Nanopowder in US dollars and tons for years 2012 through 2017. Also covered in the report are companies such as Advanced Fibers & Powders LLC, American Elements, EPRUI Nanoparticles & Microspheres Co. Ltd., Nanograde Ltd., Nanophase Technologies Corporation, Showa Denko KK, and Tosoh Corp., among others.

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Equipment Finance Market in the US Will Grow at CAGR of 5.62% In 2016: ResearchMoz.us


Albany, NY (PRWEB) November 09, 2013

Equipment Finance Market in the US to grow at a CAGR of 5.62 percent over the period 2012-2016. One of the key factors contributing to this market growth is the improvement in credit market conditions. The Equipment Finance market in the US has also been witnessing the increase in capital expenditures by investment and leasing companies. However, the sluggish growth of the economy could pose a challenge to the growth of this market.

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Equipment Finance Market in the US 2012-2016, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report focuses on the US; it also covers the Equipment Finance market landscape and its growth prospects in the coming years. The report also includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in this market.

The key vendors dominating this market space are GE Capital, Banc of America Leasing & Capital, LLC., International Lease Finance Corp., and CIT Group Inc.Other vendors mentioned in the report are Wells Fargo Equipment Finance, US Bank Equipment Finance, Key Equipment Finance, Chase Equipment Finance, Fifth Third Equipment Finance, and PNC Equipment Finance.

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What will the market size be in 2016 and what will the growth rate be?

What are the key market trends?

What is driving this market?

What are the challenges to market growth?

Who are the key vendors in this market space?

What are the market opportunities and threats faced by the key vendors?

What are the strengths and weaknesses of the key vendors?

Table of Contents

3. Market Research Methodology

3.1 Market Research Process

3.2 Research Design

3.3 Research Methodology

4. List of Abbreviations

5. Introduction

6. Market Landscape

6.1 Market Overview

6.2 Market Size and Forecast

6.3 Five Forces Analysis

7. Market Segmentation by Product

7.1 Equipment Finance Market in the US by Product 2012-2016

7.2 Equipment Finance Market in the US by Computer and Software Investment

7.2.1 Market Size and Forecast

7.3 Equipment Finance Market in the US by Industrial Equipment Investment

7.3.1 Market Size and Forecast

7.4 Equipment Finance Market in the US by Transportation Equipment Investment

7.4.1 Market Size and Forecast

7.5 Equipment Finance Market in the US by Medical Equipment Investment

7.5.1 Market Size and Forecast

7.6 Equipment Finance Market in the US by Construction Equipment Investment

7.6.1 Market Size and Forecast

7.7 Equipment Finance Market in the US by Agriculture Equipment Investment

7.7.1 Market Size and Forecast

8. Market Segmentation by End-User Industries

8.1 Equipment Finance Market in the US by End-user Industries 2012-2016

8.2 Equipment Finance Market in the US by Trade Industry

8.2.1 Market Size and Forecast

8.3 Equipment Finance Market in the US by Manufacturing Industry

8.3.1 Market Size and Forecast

8.4 Equipment Finance Market in the US by Education and Health Industry

8.4.1 Market Size and Forecast

8.5 Equipment Finance Market in the US by IT Industry

8.5.1 Market Size and Forecast

8.6 Equipment Finance Market in the US by Professional and Business Services Industry

8.6.1 Market Size and Forecast

8.7 Equipment Finance Market in the US by BFSI Industry

8.7.1 Market Size and Forecast

8.8 Equipment Finance Market in the US by Construction Industry

8.8.1 Market Size and Forecast

8.9 Equipment Finance Market in the US by Agriculture and Allied Industry

8.9.1 Market Size and Forecast

8.10 Equipment Finance Market in the US by Mining Industry

8.10.1 Market Size and Forecast

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Mission Critical Application Servers Market 2019 – Cloud, Apps, Tablets and Mobile Devices Analyzed in Research Report at ReportsnReports.com

Dallas, Texas (PRWEB) October 26, 2013

Worldwide Application Server markets are poised to achieve significant growth as Internet of things and the mobile Internet further evolve, driving the market for apps into the trillions in the next few years.

Worldwide application server market revenues are forecast to grow 17.5% year-over-year from $ 7.4 billion in 2012 to $ 30.1 billion by 2019. This is in the context of a world communications infrastructure that is changing. Technology is enabling interaction, innovation, and sharing of knowledge in new ways and application servers promise to bring significant capability to enterprises seeking mission critical solutions to making the Internet available for productive, efficient use.

Application servers are being used to create apps that run on mobile devices and that tie together the Internet of things. Infrastructure for the Internet and for smart mobile devices creates demand for more sophisticated web development and web applications. Everything is going mobile. This evolution is driven by mobile smart phones and tablets that provide universal connectivity. Application servers represent a significant aspect of Internet market evolution.

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IBM is moving toward domination of the application server market, going from 55% share in 2011 to 60% share in 2012, buttressed in part by its dominance in supporting development of mobile apps. This achievement of 60% share of the application server market provides IBM with a defacto standard status in the market.

Mission critical application servers are needed in the enterprise to support scalability, reliability, and security. More light weight open source application servers have a place in the market for web presence software, but for a solution that involves transactions intensively and has the downside of losing significant revenue if the site is down the mission critical servers are needed.

IBM WebSphere application server is a proven, high-performance transaction engine that can help build, run, integrate, and manage dynamic web applications. The IBM WebSphere application server Liberty profile option and development tool options extend the mission critical aspects of the system. Intelligent management capabilities minimize end-user outages and maximize operations monitoring and control of the production environment.

IBM WebSphere application server is far and away the best product on the market for growing solutions as needs evolve. As market conditions change, applications need to be changed and adjusted rapidly. The modular construction and the solid front end and back end integration of the IBM WebSphere application server give IBM significant advantage in the market.

There are now 6.9 billion cell phone registered, paying users. Portable, mobile systems will expand the Internet at a pace not yet achieved. It is anticipated that the apps market will expand from $ 24 billion in 2013 to $ 35 trillion by 2019. This expansion of mobile computing at the device level is nothing compared to what is happening at the machine to machine (m to m) communications, with sensors being located everywhere, and monitoring of those sensors proliferating.

Application servers markets (http://www.reportsnreports.com/reports/266638-application-server-market-shares-strategies-and-forecasts-worldwide-2013-2019.html) are poised to deal with the complexity that is being instantiated at every level of the environment that humans touch. Communication, analytics, collaboration are all part of what will make application servers relevant. The Internet of Everything (IoE) is expected to enable global private-sector businesses to generate at least $ 613 billion in global profits in 2013. Quadrillions of interconnected sensors will drive market innovation. Apps will proliferate based on the ability to quickly, accurately put together an app in one half hour or less and launch it. This is a fundamental aspect of application servers.

Application server mobile extensions are integrated in the Web apps development environments of vendors. Application server development can create Web applications using business server pages. They can use the mobile extensions of the Web application server, which makes the special requirements and characteristics of mobile devices available.

Application servers leverage evolving software delivery models, new development methodologies, emerging mobile application development, and open source software. Mobile application development projects targeting smartphones and tablets are an essential aspect of any departmental application initiative. Native PC projects are anticipated to give way to smartphone and tablet apps for the enterprise. Every enterprise has to have apps that give customers, distributors, partners, and suppliers access to information.

Mobile changes how consumers behave. Users leverage mobility to communicate. They use it to improve their daily lives. Mobile is growing through existing data services and new services. Users demand connectivity anywhere and anytime. Enterprises are beginning to exploit the opportunities provided by mobility. Mobile communications permit the enterprise improve efficiency by enabling remote services and sales people to work efficiently, by enabling better access to enterprise records from remote sites, by streamlining processes, and by supporting new business models.

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Global Grid-Scale Energy Storage Market 2012 – 2016: Worldwide Industry Latest Market Share, Growth, Size, Trends, Strategy and Forecast Research Report 2016


Albany, NY (PRWEB) September 21, 2013

Global Grid-scale Energy Storage market to grow at a CAGR of 31.58 percent over the period 2012-2016. One of the key factors contributing to this market growth is the increasing need to reduce power blackouts. The Global Grid-scale Energy Storage market has also been witnessing the increased demand for decentralized power generation. However, the reluctance of power utilities to upgrade systems in a power grid could pose a challenge to the growth of this market.

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Global Grid-scale Energy Storage Market 2012-2016, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the Americas and Asia, and the EMEA region; it also covers the Global Grid-scale Energy Storage market landscape and its growth prospects in the coming years. The report also includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in this market.

The key vendors dominating this market space are A123 Systems LLC, ABB Group, Beacon Power LLC, Build Your Dream Co. Ltd., GE Energy LLC, Panasonic Corp., S&C Electric Co. Inc., Schneider Electric SA, Siemens AG, Toshiba International Corp. Pty Ltd., and VYCON Inc.

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China Refractory Material Market Growth and Global Analysis in New Research Report at ReportsnReports.com

Dallas, Texas (PRWEB) August 26, 2013

Affected by the factors such as slowdown in growth rates of downstream sectors like iron and steel, building materials, and glass as well as the reduced demand of refractories for infrastructure construction, Chinas refractory materials production in 2012 fell 4.43% over the previous year to 28.1891 million tons, of which, magnesia bricks, magnesium carbon & alumina magnesia carbon, and siliceous brick dropped sharply, down 15.94%, 8.45% and 8.37% YoY respectively.

In terms of export in 2012, both volume and value of refractory raw materials (http://www.reportsnreports.com/reports/267599-global-and-china-refractory-material-industry-report-2013.html) fell down, but refractory products broke the 2-million-ton mark again, climbing 4.4% YoY to 2.0397 million tons; export price even increased by 7.08%.

With respect to the product, China has been promoting the development of high-quality energy-efficient unshaped refractories. In 2012, the proportion of unshaped refractories in the total refractories production there firstly exceeded 40%, but compared with industrially advanced countries, the proportion is still lower; the goal is to hit 60% in 2020.

In addition, R & D of chrome-free refractories is also the focus of industry development. So far some companies in cement kiln refractories, in refractories for AOD furnace and companies in refractories for RH furnace have made many successful attempts, followed by vigorous promotion. As far as enterprises are concerned, China through mergers and acquisitions has had a few competitive refractory companies.

According to the Opinions on Promoting the Healthy Development of Refractory Industry issued by the MIIT (Ministry of Industry and Information Technology) in February 2013, China will continue to promote joint reorganization and enhance industrial concentration in the future; form 2~3 internationally competitive enterprises and create a number of new industrialization demonstration bases, with industrial concentration of the top ten companies reaching 25% by 2015; up to 45% by 2020.

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Furthermore, mergers and reorganizations among international refractory companies have never ceased, either; till now, leading players like Vesuvius, RHI, Magnesita, Krosaki-Harima have emerged. By the end of 2012, the worlds top ten refractories enterprises had conducted operations in China.

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Old Town Bluffton Farmers Market – New Master Gardeners Workshops and more in Coastal South Carolina


Bluffton, SC (PRWEB) July 22, 2013

How many of us wait until we’re over age 50 to begin focusing on our health? Soon we discover being well includes eating well and in Bluffton South Carolina, the opportunity to eat nutritious and delectable food comes in the form of shopping at the Old Town Bluffton Farmers Market. The rainbow colored assortment of fresh-from-the-farm fruits and vegetables excites the eyes and whets the appetite immediately. What’s new this year? Clemson University’s Master Gardeners workshops which teaches gardening tips, best planting practices, soil corrections, and much, much more.

Every Thursday, Bluffton, one of the best places to live in South Carolina, holds a Farmers Market in the heart of town on Calhoun Street. There is always something different to experience and bring back to your Bluffton home. There’s live music, cooking demonstations, Clemson University’s Extension’s Master Gardeners workshops, and of course, the local farmers showcasing their beautiful fresh-from-the-farm produce. Several local farm organizations present their luscious healthy produce and here’s more folks you can expect to find:

Located on a coastal island right in Bluffton, Bear Island Farms mission is to contribute to a healthy and prosperous community. They attend the market with high-quality vegetables, herbs, and fruits grown naturally and with sustainability in mind.

The Three Sisters Farm is a USDA certified organic grower. They come to market with their heirloom varieties of vegetables and flowers. The sisters have been toiling with the land in one of the best places to live in South Carolina since they were young children and are now known for hand-harvesting their crops, which they choose based on taste and appearance rather than for more commercial reasons. Everything they bring tastes great and has a decent shelf life at the Old Town Bluffton Farmers Market.

The Shuler Peach Company is a family owned farm since 1954. They come to the market with fresh strawberries, peaches, and sweet corn. You probably wont be able to wait to get home before sampling the freshness.

Prepared foods are also available at the market. The Great Food Co-Op is a group that provides high quality food products to the market. They bring scrumptious relishes, jams, ciders, dried fruit, chocolate covered cherries, and Southern specialty foods to the market. Lowcountry Comfort offers mouth-watering cookies, modern whoopie pies, cakes, brownies, and more at the market. Their goodies do not have preservatives, hormones, or partially hydrogenated anything. You can find fresh, local seafood from the Bluffton Oyster Company, gumbo from We Island Gumbo n Tings, fresh crepes from Claudines Creperie & Curries, and much, much more.Theres something for everyone to bring back and enjoy in their Bluffton homes.

Different chefs from local restaurants demonstrate their techniques for preparing healthy, sumptuous dishes each week. In the outdoor market, they share not only their recipes, but they also educate visitors in the importance of buying from local farmers in order to create fresh, healthy, seasonal meals.

Also, for residents in one of the best places to live in South Carolina, the Master Gardener program is onsite to offer advice about the best planting practices, correcting soil issues, and general gardening tips. The program is sponsored by Clemson Universitys cooperative Extension Service.

Local bands and live music are always present at the market adding to the lively, festive ambience. The Old Town Bluffton Farmers Market, with its colorful produce, heavenly aromas, and the sprightly sounds of live music, is a feast for senses. Every Thursday, the farmers market is a great reason to leave your Bluffton home and meet up with your neighbors and fellow foodies for food and fellowship.

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