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Bretford Bolsters Greenguard Listing with Newly Certified Classroom Furniture Products

First Manufacturer to Achieve Certification for Laptop Carts

CHICAGO – July 13, 2009 – Bretford Manufacturing, Inc., manufacturer of dependable furniture products that improve how people work and learn, today announced that 155 more of its carts, book trucks, tables and accessories are GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Certified® by the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute (GEI). These latest models, which include the first certified laptop carts, have achieved the GREENGUARD standard for low emitting products and for the Children & SchoolsSM product certification program. Combined with Bretford’s other GREENGUARD-certified products, a total of 243 of its furniture models can now be specified to help commercial facilities achieve Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) points, the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of green buildings.

According to GEI, children in particular spend about 85 percent of their time indoors, where the air is two to five times more polluted than the air outside. Tad Petrick, director of marketing and product development for Bretford Manufacturing, Inc. explained, “This statistic, combined with the increased use of technology in schools, prompted us to focus on certifying more of our laptop and other equipment carts, ranging from some of our earliest models to those introduced as recently as last month.” He continued, “GREENGUARD certification will be ongoing for Bretford, as it is our goal to contribute to the health and safety of our children as effectively as we can. The GREENGUARD designation helps significantly in this process.”

Some of the latest certified cart models are the new NETBOOK32 Micro Computer Laptop cart, designed for lightweight, affordable netbooks, and the Presenter’s Assistant for Learning (PAL) cart, a mobile multimedia station that is small and simple to move, yet durable enough to secure the technology equipment it holds and protect the people using it. Both of these product lines were recently introduced and are available for delivery now.

Additional certified products include Bretford’s traditional and contemporary book trucks, multimedia lecterns, KR training tables, and wide-body television and flat panel carts and retrofit kits, along with multiple mounts and flat panel cart accessories. For a complete list of Bretford’s GREENGUARD-certified models, click here.

About GREENGUARD Environmental Institute

Founded in 2001, GEI is an industry-independent, non-profit organization that oversees the GREENGUARD Certification ProgramSM. The Institute's mission is to protect human health and quality of life through programs that improve indoor air that people breathe. As an ANSI Accredited Standards Developer, GEI establishes acceptable indoor air standards for building materials, interior products, furnishings, electronic equipment, indoor environments and buildings. The more than 200,000 GREENGUARD Certified products must meet stringent; third-party standards for low chemical emissions based on established health standards and undergo rigorous testing and verification processes on a regular basis. GREENGUARD Certification is broadly recognized and accepted by a number of "green" building programs, including the United States Green Building Council's (USGBC) LEED program. An online guide to GREENGUARD Certified products is available at no charge at www.greenguard.org.

About Bretford Manufacturing, Inc.

Bretford designs and manufactures dependable furniture products that are built to last for decades and are created to improve how people work and learn. Founded in 1948 and headquartered in Franklin Park, Ill., Bretford Manufacturing, Inc. holds more than six decades of expertise dedicated solely to the design and manufacture of furniture solutions. With nearly 400 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. Bretford’s superior workmanship and environmentally compliant manufacturing and operation practices ensure dependable products, many of which are GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified®. Bretford products are backed by a 12-year standard warranty and the industry’s best 20-year standard warranty on library furniture.