Woodard marks 145 years of making outdoor furnishings
Casual Living Staff -- Casual Living, April 22, 2011
Woodard is celebrating its 145th anniversary as a pioneering manufacturer of wrought iron, aluminum and all-seasons wicker outdoor furniture.
Continuing the tradition of creating quality, handcrafted furniture using techniques handed down from generation to generation, this landmark anniversary puts Woodard in a class all its own. Woodard prides itself in the existence of its domestic plant in Owosso, Mich. The ideals and traditions of excellent craftsmanship first implemented by its founder in 1866 still run strong today in manufacturing, assembly, finishing and upholstery in the plant.
"We're proud to promote that we're 'Made in America,' continuing the traditions of craftsmanship and quality started in Owosso so long ago," said Carl Loredo, chief marketing officer. "Woodard is looking forward to a great season and to 145 more years of bringing quality, innovative style and comfort to the outdoor furniture world.
Headquartered in Coppell, Texas, Woodard has a manufacturing facility in Owosso and sources products from China and Mexico. As a leading manufacturer of wrought iron, aluminum and all-seasons wicker outdoor furniture, its products are presented under the Woodard, Woodard Landgrave and Woodard Lyon Shaw brands. Information about Woodard products can be found at woodard-furniture.com.
Woodard's parent company Craftmade International, Inc., was founded in 1985 and is engaged in the design, distribution and marketing of a broad range of proprietary ceiling fans, lighting products, decorative light bulbs, door chimes, ventilation systems and related accessories. The company distributes its premium products through a network of 1,600 showrooms and electrical wholesalers through a national sales organization of more than 54 independent sales representatives. Through its Trade Source International subsidiary, acquired in 1998, Craftmade distributes outdoor lighting, ceiling fan accessories and an indoor lighting line to the mass merchandiser market. More information about Craftmade International, Inc. can be found at craftmade.com.