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Multimedia Carts UL-Approved For Highest Level of Safety in Schools; Introduced in May and Currently Shipping

CHICAGO — August 19, 2011 — Bretford Manufacturing, Inc., manufacturer of furniture for both classroom and work environments, today announced that its affordable line of UL-approved Flat Panel Multimedia Carts are now GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified® by the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute and have achieved the GREENGUARD standard for low-emitting products for the Children & SchoolsSM product certification program. Ideal for K-12 and higher education environments where kids are present, the new FP42UL and FP60UL basic flat panel carts and multimedia flat panel carts with laptop/tablet shelves are streamlined to be affordable and are constructed with the highest level of safety available in a flat panel cart. The new models, originally introduced in May 2011, are currently shipping.

“Effective immediately, our new UL-listed flat panel carts have joined the strong lineup of products from Bretford that are GREENGUARD Certified for Children & Schools,? said Dave Smith, product manager for Bretford Manufacturing, Inc. “This provides schools with additional health and safety benefits to the products’ UL listings for tall institutional carts.?

Smith explained that the UL listing is important because when children are present there is the potential to move or interact with the AV carts inappropriately, thus creating greater possibility for injury, which UL testing takes into account. At the same time, the cost of flat panels has dropped dramatically over the past few years, so the cart costs must adjust appropriately. “Bretford is taking the choice of safety features versus price out of the equation by offering both at a very competitive price point. There are still very few UL-approved flat panel carts on the market, and Bretford’s new carts offer a certifiably safer solution. They are much more sensitive to today’s economic conditions, while keeping the safety features intact from the original line of UL-listed carts.?

Bretford’s new flat panel multimedia carts are UL-certified to standard 1667 for tall institutional carts for the highest level of safety, yet are priced in line with competitive non-UL listed carts. All 12 models are designed to meet the safety specifications and quality construction that Bretford is known for — wrapped into a simplified design that is safe for schools.

The new carts can be placed anywhere a flat panel monitor is being used in a school environment for video or multimedia presentation viewing. They include the option of adding a pull-out laptop/tablet tray that makes it easier to use the carts as an interactive learning tool, not just a simple video stand. This feature is ideal for today’s K-12 learning environments that rely heavily on laptops, iPads and other mobile technologies for learning in the classroom.

The carts use 5-inch swivel casters instead of the standard 4-inch size. The larger casters make it easy to move over thresholds, while the ability for all the casters to swivel improves maneuverability around the classroom or into a storage closet or other area when not in use. Additionally, the new carts feature Bretford’s easy-to-control top shelf handle as a standard offering.

The new carts are stability- and load-tested for safe use with monitors up to 100 pounds, depending on the cart model, and suggested for use with a 26-inch to a 52-inch flat panel monitor. Each cart also safely supports an additional 50 pounds on each shelf while pull-out laptop shelves support 15 pounds. They feature universal mounting brackets that are adjustable to fit the unique VESA mounting hole pattern on the back of almost all monitors that are up to 850 millimeters wide by 400 millimeters tall.

Made entirely in the USA, all the new carts are constructed from “prime? steel that has 25 to 35 percent postconsumer recycled content, and is 100 percent recyclable at the end of the product life cycle. They are backed by Bretford’s 12-year standard warranty and one-year electrical warranty.

The new FP42 and FP60 basic flat panel carts and multimedia flat panel carts with a laptop/tablet shelf are available for order, and are currently shipping at a list price that begins at $500. For more information about Bretford, 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 is a manufacturer of furniture for both classroom 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 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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