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Press Release  |  Mar 26, 2013

New MOTIV™ Soft Seating Stools; EXPLORE™ Counter Height Stool, Hand Truck & Cart, and Accessories; Made for Learning Environments

CHICAGO — March 26, 2013 — Bretford Manufacturing, Inc.®, a United States manufacturer of technology-enabled furniture for agile learning and business environments, today announced six new product additions to its EDU 2.0 line of mobile and powered education furniture for 21st century learning. The Bretford MOTIV™ Soft Seating Stool, EXPLORE™ Counter Height Stool, EXPLORE™ Hand Truck and Cart, EXPLORE™ Accessory Speaker, and EXPLORE™ Snap-On Cord Minder Clip are all made for use in learning environments such as classrooms, libraries, lounges and café spaces in higher education, K-12, corporate and public buildings. All of the new products are currently available for order.

“The classroom is already experiencing the shift from a static educational space to a dynamic environment that encourages learning through collaborative and social interaction,” according to Dan Berger, product management team lead for Bretford Manufacturing, Inc. “Driven primarily by the digital age, we are seeing this same change outside the classroom — people can now work and learn from almost anywhere. The new seating products make it more comfortable to do so in these common areas. And the new hand truck and cart make it possible to easily move and stack some of these seating products, especially in areas where the furniture is frequently reconfigured.” Berger continued, “Additionally, the introduction of the new accessory speaker and snap-on cord minder clip expand the breadth of accessory options available for Bretford’s EDU 2.0 product line.”

The Bretford MOTIV Stool (EDUMSKL, EDUMSKLC, EDUMSKH, EDUMSKHC) is for mobile, temporary seating ideally where other MOTIV soft seating is used. It allows for quick, comfortable collaboration and can then be stacked out of the way when not in use. The stool is offered with fabric or vinyl/leather options to mimic the feel and style of MOTIV lounge seating, in 15-inch and 20-inch heights and with or without casters to accommodate different groups and settings.

The Bretford EXPLORE Counter Height Stool (EDUSTSAG, EDIUSTSG) allows for relaxed, café-style seating in learning spaces. The stool matches the EXPLORE Chair and Bar Height Stool and provides a high design aesthetic to the café learning environment. The counter height (24 inches) stool matches the design of the Bretford EDU 2.0 table height (18 inches) chairs and bar height (30 inches) stools. All three products feature four color options for the plastic seats and backs while the steel frames are available in standard Bretford paint colors.

The EDU 2.0 EXPLORE Hand Truck (EDUSTTRK) makes stacking and moving up to five EXPLORE chairs fast and easy, while the EDU 2.0 EXPLORE Cart (EDUSTCRT) was designed to both move and store up to five EXPLORE chairs. These products are the first to facilitate the movement and storage of EXPLORE chairs and were created specifically for highly configurable environments, such as training, meeting and event spaces.

All of the new seating products feature the oval steel tube leg design unique to all of Bretford’s EDU 2.0 line of furniture for learning.

The EXPLORE Accessory Speaker (SS1234B) is constructed by AmpliVox™ Portable Sound Systems and is designed to mount to the top of the EXPLORE Mobile Interactive Whiteboard. This adds audio capability to the interactive classroom, allowing for increased audience engagement and comprehension. It is UL Listed for the American and Canadian markets.

Lastly, the EXPLORE Snap-On Cord Minder Clip allows for the convenient management of cords and wires. It attaches to EXPLORE tables with adjustable steel legs, which encompasses most EXPLORE Training, Activity, and Teaming Tables. The snap-on cord minder clips do not require any tools to attach or disengage; they snap on and off by hand. The snap-on cord minder clips are available individually or in packs of ten.

About the EDU 2.0 Line The EDU 2.0 line of K-12, higher education, student commons and public library furniture is comprised of tables, desks, presenters, and seating products with countless power and design options. It is among the first in the contract furniture industry to achieve CarbonNeutral® product certification for a greener school supply chain and healthier learning environment.

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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 more than six decades of expertise dedicated solely 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 and the industry’s best 20-year standard warranty on library furniture.