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Bretford- Oldest Furniture Contest

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Fans of our Facebook page know that we appreciate the longevity that our school furniture selection offers our customers.  Furniture that was built to last, does just that.  Bretford is now giving away an incredible prize to those who have held onto those classic school furniture pieces of days gone by.  They are asking for video submissions highlighting their old Bretford furniture products that are still in use.  This should be easy, as it’s hard to walk into any school and not see a TV or projector perched on top of a Bretford cart.  Bretford TV Cart

For the last 60-plus years, Bretford has been making tables, carts, shelving and other furniture products for K-12 and higher education environments. Many of Bretford’s earliest models are still being used.  Bretford’s “Oldest Product” video contest is open to all educators, business professionals and facilities managers that either use or select furniture products in a school or training facility. Entrants must provide proof of employment.  Entrants may submit their “Oldest Product” videos between June 7, 2010 and July 31, 2010. The grand prize winner will be selected on August 16, 2010.

So what’s the prize? You guessed it, more Bretford classroom furniture!  A whole room’s worth to be exact.  One facility will receive a full room of Bretford furniture to accommodate 30 students/professionals, just in time for the 2010/2011 school year. The grand prize package will consist of:

For a full list of contest rules and submission details, please visit http://sandbox.bretford.com/contests/contest.php.   Good Luck!


Califone 8101 MP3 Player is a District Adminstration Top Product

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Top 100 Products of 2008 Revealed by District Administration
District Administration magazine.

The Califone MP3 player has been selected for inclusion in the “2008 Readers’ Choice Top 100 Products” annual survey. Conducted by District Administration magazine, the 8101 was chosen for its ability as a solid resource that can further school district initiatives. Califone 8101 MP3 Player

“This year we received a tremendous amount of product recommendations, making it very difficult to limit the list to just 100. The winning list contains products that our readers have successfully implemented at the district, school, and classroom levels. We hope that these products can help you manage your district,” says DA Editor Judy Faust Hartnett.

“We’re honored to learn the 8101 has been recognized by educators,” shares Califone VP of Marketing, Tim Ridgway. He continues, “Schools and districts across the country are looking for innovative ways to help burgeoning populations of ELL, ELD, and special needs students acquire literacy skills and we’re pleased the 8101 is helping them achieve their goals.”

One such school is Afton Central School, located in rural upstate New York and with more than 800 K-12 attending students. To help the special education team with their reading activities, Dan DeVona, the school’s librarian and media specialist for grades 6-12, decided to research how personal media players can enhance the learning environment and began using the MP3 players from Califone with the school’s students. Califone is Top 100 School Products

Susan Bethel, one of the school’s special education teachers, manages a self-contained resource room and helps students with learning disabilities who are taking regular classes throughout the day. “The MP3 Player is easier to use than a tape recorder, and students can use it without drawing attention to themselves. It doesn’t make them stand out,” Bethel said. Continue reading


Bretford Carts

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Bretford last month announced an end of an era – Bretford, long a leader in TV carts, has announced the end of their traditional CRT carts, long the standard in schools across the nation; in favor of flat screen – LCD, Plasma and DLP display carts. The flatscreen display form factor allows exciting new designs and approaches to the classic TV cart. Worthington Direct‘s catalog has changed to reflect this turn of technology as more flatscreens find their way into schools, churches and commercial settings every day.

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Bretford Showcases Furniture At NeoCon 2008

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Bretford, Manufacturing, Inc. (NeoCon Showroom #330), leading supplier of technology and media furniture that improves how people work and learn, is transforming its showroom for the NeoCon World’s Trade Fair 2008 to illustrate how its carts, tables, workstations and other products are being used throughout higher education, library and corporate environments. NeoCon also serves as the official launching pad for Bretford’s new line of RHOMBII™ training tables. Further, showroom visitors can see a demonstration of BretfordCommons™, the company’s new partner extranet site, and will have the opportunity to learn more about Bretford’s GREENGUARD-certified products and other environmental milestones.

Bretford Connections Smartdesk Work Center

Bretford Flat Panel Presentation Carts

 

 

Bretford’s stunning 5,100 square foot permanent showroom in Chicago’s Merchandise Mart will have a 1950s/1960s theme with furniture upholstered in cowhide, vinyl and other fabric patterns to recapture the era and personify the early days of Bretford. The vintage style choices also demonstrate the limitless ways to design and finish Bretford furniture to enhance any learning, meeting or work area.

“Our showroom theme represents Bretford’s longevity and expertise in the commercial furniture industry – the result of six decades of hard work and being in business,” explained Mikel Briggs, president of Bretford Manufacturing, Inc. “The application vignettes provide true examples of how Bretford furniture can outfit a school or meeting space to accommodate the latest technologies and create workspaces that are modular, comfortable and environmentally-friendly.”

Bretford Quattro Voltea Flip Top Computer Table

 

 Bretford Small Flat Panel Mount

RHOMBII Training Tables The new RHOMBII training tables make any workspace truly reconfigurable. With built-in power and data modules as well as easy mobility and storage, the new tables quickly adapt to the needs of any higher education or training environment. Perfect for both traditional and contemporary spaces, the RHOMBII training tables are universal in nature. They can be placed in virtually any formation depending on the size, style and needs of the gathering, then easily folded and stored out of the way or moved into other locations. The tables will be available for order in August through Herman Miller North American dealerships and shipping in Q3 2008.

Other product lines highlighted in the Bretford showroom include Plus soft seating sofas and chairs with ProBax® seating technology, the sophisticated Ithaca library system, modular Free Evolve workstations, Here high-efficiency tables, mobile boards and rail systems, and the elegant yet high-tech Tru conference tables. By complementing these lines with Bretford’s mount and cart accessories — to support technologies such as flat panels, projectors and laptops –Bretford becomes a one-stop resource for commercial furniture solutions.

Worthington Direct is an authorized dealer for all quality Bretford products.  Visit www.worthingtondirect.com today and see a variety of Bretford overhead projector tables, computer workstations, computer tables, flush wall mounts, laptop storage carts, projection screens and booktrucks.

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