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BRETFORD SELECTS WINNER OF “OLDEST PRODUCT? VIDEO COMPETITION

St. Anthony School Wins Free Room Full of Bretford Technology Furniture; Used to Complete New Media Center

CHICAGO — September 22, 2010 — Bretford Manufacturing, Inc., maker of dependable furniture products that improve how people work and learn, today announced a winner for its “Oldest Product? video competition. St. Anthony School, a pre-kindergarten through eighth grade Catholic school in Hawthorne, New Jersey, has become the recipient of a free room full of Bretford technology furniture, which will be used to complete a new state-of-the-art media center.

The winning entry described the use of a 26-year old Bretford AV storage cart that houses supplies and accessories for technology equipment in the school’s computer lab. According to the application, the Bretford cart is still in use because “it is strong and sturdy, very functional and moves efficiently.? St. Anthony School is in the process of knocking down the walls between the computer lab and library to create a new 21st century media center within the 87-year old school building.

“This entry stood apart from the others primarily because it exemplified the strength and longevity of the Bretford products – a cart that has been in use for decades and still is of critical importance,? explained Cindy Weinschreider, senior marketing manager for Bretford Manufacturing, Inc. “While the old cart can still be used in the new space, the judges felt strongly that a media center filled with Bretford’s latest furniture products would be the perfect way to complete the school’s construction project.?

“In our quest to meet the needs of the 21st century student, we are elated that we can partner with Bretford to equip our new state-of-the-art-media center with high-quality furnishings,? said Mary Wrenn, math/technology coordinator for St. Anthony School. “We’re already planning to use the Bretford tables to set up clusters of computers for instruction and research, the AV carts and teacher’s workstation in the instructional areas, and the technology carts for mobile computing and mobile use throughout the media center and other locations in the school.?

About the ‘Oldest Products’ Video Competition
The ‘Oldest Products’ video competition is a celebration of Bretford’s 60-plus year heritage and the longevity of its products, some of which have been around for decades. It was designed to be fun and creative, while showing the critical role that technology furniture plays in formal, informal and social learning environments. To participate, educators, business professionals and facilities managers responsible for furniture products in a school or training facility each created and submitted a video showing their oldest Bretford furniture product still in use today.

The winning package consists of 15 Connections Tables, one Mobile Multimedia Instructor Desk, one Presenter’s Assistant for Learning (PAL) Cart, one Projection Screen, one 30-Unit Intelligent Laptop Cart and one Flat Panel Cart.

For more information about Bretford, please go to www.bretford.com or call 1-800-521-9614. Bretford can also be followed on Twitter at www.twitter.com/bretfordmanf.

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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 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. 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.

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