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Bretford Discontinues Traditional Library and Conference Room Products to Focus on 21st Century Learning Environments

By Carletta
October 18th, 2013

CHICAGO — October 18, 2013 — Bretford Manufacturing, Inc.®, a U.S. manufacturer of technology-enabled furniture for learning and business environments, today announced that it will wind down production of many of its traditional library and conference room products, effective April 30, 2014. Instead, Bretford will continue efforts on innovations in support of collaborative work and 21stst century learning environments.
According to Chris Petrick, CEO for Bretford Manufacturing, Inc., “There has been a dramatic evolution in how spaces are being used in support of learning and work, especially traditional libraries and conference rooms. Today, educators are challenged with providing the optimal environment to support collaboration, technology and high impact learning.” He continued, “Over the last year, we have experienced exponential demand for our EDU 2.0 furniture line and a significantly diminished demand for traditional library shelving and conference room solutions. For these reasons, we are staying focused on the development of furniture designed to support technology in high-impact learning spaces.”

Petrick explained that Bretford continues to ramp up production of its EDU 2.0 line of furniture, which has gained significant traction primarily in schools looking to create 21stst century learning spaces. “Bretford has been in business for nearly 70 years and during that time we have adapted frequently to stay in front of the marketplace. This is not a decision we ventured into lightly. We are fully assisting our customers through this transition and are well-positioned to offer a robust product portfolio coupled with an extensive product roadmap that concentrates on supporting mobile technologies in classrooms, media centers, corporate learning environments and common areas.”

Bretford Product Discontinuation
As of April 30, 2014, Bretford will no longer produce library shelving, circulation desks, carrels, reading tables, wood leg tables, Tru® and Presentation Environments® conference tables, and all products finished in wood veneer. Bretford will accept orders on these products through January 31, 2014. All customer questions should be directed to a local Bretford Regional Manager or by calling the Bretford Customer Care line at 800-521-9614 or customerservice@bretford.com. The Bretford Project Design Team can also assist with specific projects.

About Bretford Manufacturing, Inc. Bretford is a manufacturer of furniture for both learning and work environments. Founded in 1948 and headquartered in Franklin Park, Ill., Bretford Manufacturing, Inc. holds close to seven decades of expertise dedicated to the design and manufacture of sustainable furniture solutions that are made in the U.S.A. Each furniture design is built for quality and mobility so rooms, people and information can move and still stay connected. With nearly 350 employees and 450,000 square feet of production space, the company offers smart furniture designs that support evolving technology, enabling institutions, organizations and corporations to increase productivity and efficiency. Superior workmanship and environmentally-compliant manufacturing and operation practices ensure dependable Bretford products, many of which are GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified®. The company is committed to using less energy, creating less waste and reducing its carbon footprint. Bretford is a CarbonNeutral® certified company and its EDU 2.0 line is among the first in the contract furniture industry to achieve CarbonNeutral product certification. All Bretford products are backed by a 12-year standard warranty.

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