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Mission Sectional – Creating the Ambiance

The Leisure Design Mission Sectional collection adds ambiance to outdoor living.

The Leisure Design Mission Sectional collection adds ambiance to outdoor living.

As people are getting ready to enjoy the long summer days of entertaining and warm summer evenings with loved ones, the search for the perfect outdoor setting is underway. This includes the perfect backyard ambience, the splendid outdoor furniture, and the classic color combinations to match toss pillows with the garden foliage.

Leisure Design Mission Sectional collection helps complete the setting with an armless unit, a corner unit, a substantial ottoman that seats eight, and a low chat table with a tempered glass top. The massive, yet simple, perpendicular lines of this set, allows this collection to be reconfigured into a multitude of combinations, depending on preference and size of the outdoor space.

Frames are constructed with a heavy gauge, all-welded aluminum, which will prevent rust and ensure a sturdy frame. The plush cushions are made with Sunbrella fabric, the number one choice for outdoor use. Sunbrella resists fading, will not support mildew growth, and is easily cleanable. For care & cleaning details go to

The all-weather wicker in the Driftwood color weave, is a half-round, high density polyethylene. This provides sophistication and an elegant outdoor environment, without the expensive price tag.

For summer entertaining, the Mission Sectional can accommodate an intimate setting, or an extravagant party.

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Make Your Bed – Words of Wisdom from a Naval Admiral

As business owners and managers, we are always looking for people, books, speeches, movies, and stories to help keep us inspired, motivated, and on the right track. Click on the link below to hear the 2014 Commencement Speech (and see transcript below) at The University of Texas at Austin, on May 17 by Naval Adm. William H, McRaven, ninth commander of U.S. Special Operations Command. I am confident you will be both inspired and motivated as you set forth this week, this month and this year to do the right thing.

Tony Ramos, publisher of Patio & Hearth Products Report.

McRaven_PhotoThe following are the remarks by Naval Adm. William H. McRaven, ninth commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, at the University-wide Commencement at The University of Texas at Austin on May 17:

President Powers, Provost Fenves, Deans, members of the faculty, family and friends and most importantly, the class of 2014. Congratulations on your achievement.

It’s been almost 37 years to the day that I graduated from UT. I remember a lot of things about that day.

I remember I had throbbing headache from a party the night before.  I remember I had a serious girlfriend, whom I later married—that’s important to remember by the way—and I remember that I was getting commissioned in the Navy that day.

But of all the things I remember, I don’t have a clue who the commencement speaker was that evening and I certainly don’t remember anything they said.
So…acknowledging that fact—if I can’t make this commencement speech memorable—I will at least try to make it short.

The University’s slogan is, “What starts here changes the world.” I have to admit—I kinda like it.
“What starts here changes the world.”

Tonight there are almost 8,000 students graduating from UT.
That great paragon of analytical rigor, Ask.Com says that the average American will meet 10,000 people in their life time. That’s a lot of folks.
But, if every one of you changed the lives of just ten people—and each one of those folks changed the lives of another ten people—just ten—then in five generations—125 years—the class of 2014 will have changed the lives of 800 million people.

800 million people—think of it—over twice the population of the United States.  Go one more generation and you can change the entire population of the world—8 billion people. If you think it’s hard to change the lives of ten people—change their lives forever—you’re wrong.

I saw it happen every day in Iraq and Afghanistan. A young Army officer makes a decision to go left instead of right down a road in Baghdad and the ten soldiers in his squad are saved from close-in ambush. In Kandahar province, Afghanistan, a non-commissioned officer from the Female Engagement Team senses something isn’t right and directs the infantry platoon away from a 500 pound IED, saving the lives of a dozen soldiers.

But, if you think about it, not only were these soldiers saved by the decisions of one person, but their children yet unborn—were also saved.  And their children’s children—were saved. Generations were saved by one decision—by one person.

But changing the world can happen anywhere and anyone can do it.
So, what starts here can indeed change the world, but the question is…what will the world look like after you change it? Well, I am confident that it will look much, much better, but if you will humor this old sailor for just a moment, I have a few suggestions that may help you on your way to a better a world.

And while these lessons were learned during my time in the military, I can assure you that it matters not whether you ever served a day in uniform. It matters not your gender, your ethnic or religious background, your orientation, or your social status.

Our struggles in this world are similar and the lessons to overcome those struggles and to move forward—changing ourselves and the world around us—will apply equally to all.

I have been a Navy SEAL for 36 years.  But it all began when I left UT for Basic SEAL training in Coronado, California. Basic SEAL training is six months of long torturous runs in the soft sand, midnight swims in the cold water off San Diego, obstacles courses, unending calisthenics, days without sleep and always being cold, wet and miserable.

It is six months of being constantly harassed by professionally trained warriors who seek to find the weak of mind and body and eliminate them from ever becoming a Navy SEAL.
But, the training also seeks to find those students who can lead in an environment of constant stress, chaos, failure and hardships. To me basic SEAL training was a life time of challenges crammed into six months.
So, here are the ten lesson’s I learned from basic SEAL training that hopefully will be of value to you as you move forward in life.

Every morning in basic SEAL training, my instructors, who at the time were all Viet Nam veterans, would show up in my barracks room and the first thing they would inspect was your bed. If you did it right, the corners would be square, the covers pulled tight, the pillow centered just under the headboard and the extra blanket folded neatly at the foot of the rack—rack—that’s Navy talk for bed.

It was a simple task—mundane at best. But every morning we were required to make our bed to perfection.  It seemed a little ridiculous at the time, particularly in light of the fact that were aspiring to be real warriors, tough battle hardened SEALs—but the wisdom of this simple act has been proven to me many times over.

If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day.  It will give you a small sense of pride and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another.

By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter.

If you can’t do the little things right, you will never do the big things right. And, if by chance you have a miserable day, you will come home to a bed that is made—that you made—and a made bed gives you encouragement that tomorrow will be better.

If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed. During SEAL training the students are broken down into boat crews.  Each crew is seven students—three on each side of a small rubber boat and one coxswain to help guide the dingy.

Every day your boat crew forms up on the beach and is instructed to get through the surfzone and paddle several miles down the coast. In the winter, the surf off San Diego can get to be 8 to 10 feet high and it is exceedingly difficult to paddle through the plunging surf unless everyone digs in.

Every paddle must be synchronized to the stroke count of the coxswain.  Everyone must exert equal effort or the boat will turn against the wave and be unceremoniously tossed back on the beach.
For the boat to make it to its destination, everyone must paddle.

You can’t change the world alone—you will need some help— and to truly get from your starting point to your destination takes friends, colleagues, the good will of strangers and a strong coxswain to guide them.
If you want to change the world, find someone to help you paddle.

Over a few weeks of difficult training my SEAL class which started with 150 men was down to just 35.  There were now six boat crews of seven men each. I was in the boat with the tall guys, but the best boat crew we had was made up of the the little guys—the munchkin crew we called them—no one was over about 5-foot five.

The munchkin boat crew had one American Indian, one African American, one Polish America, one Greek American, one Italian American, and two tough kids from the mid-west. They out paddled, out-ran, and out swam all the other boat crews.

The big men in the other boat crews would always make good natured fun of the tiny little flippers the munchkins put on their tiny little feet prior to every swim. But somehow these little guys, from every corner of the Nation and the world, always had the last laugh— swimming faster than everyone and reaching the shore long before the rest of us.

SEAL training was a great equalizer. Nothing mattered but your will to succeed.  Not your color, not your ethnic background, not your education and not your social status.
If you want to change the world, measure a person by the size of their heart, not the size of their flippers.
Several times a week, the instructors would line up the class and do a uniform inspection.  It was exceptionally thorough.
Your hat had to be perfectly starched, your uniform immaculately pressed and your belt buckle shiny and void of any smudges. But it seemed that no matter how much effort you put into starching your hat, or pressing your uniform or polishing your belt buckle—- it just wasn’t good enough.
The instructors would fine “something” wrong. For failing the uniform inspection, the student had to run, fully clothed into the surfzone and then, wet from head to toe, roll around on the beach until every part of your body was covered with sand.

The effect was known as a “sugar cookie.” You stayed in that uniform the rest of the day—cold, wet and sandy.
There were many a student who just couldn’t accept the fact that all their effort was in vain.  That no matter how hard they tried to get the uniform right—it was unappreciated.

Those students didn’t make it through training. Those students didn’t understand the purpose of the drill.  You were never going to succeed.  You were never going to have a perfect uniform.
Sometimes no matter how well you prepare or how well you perform you still end up as a sugar cookie.

It’s just the way life is sometimes. If you want to change the world get over being a sugar cookie and keep moving forward. Every day during training you were challenged with multiple physical events—long runs, long swims, obstacle courses, hours of calisthenics—something designed to test your mettle.

Every event had standards—times you had to meet.  If you failed to meet those standards your name was posted on a list and at the end of the day those on the list were invited to—a “circus.”
A circus was two hours of additional calisthenics—designed to wear you down, to break your spirit, to force you to quit.

No one wanted a circus. A circus meant that for that day you didn’t measure up.  A circus meant more fatigue—and more fatigue meant that the following day would be more difficult—and more circuses were likely.
But at some time during SEAL training, everyone—everyone—made the circus list.

But an interesting thing happened to those who were constantly on the list.  Overtime those students-—who did two hours of extra calisthenics—got stronger and stronger. The pain of the circuses built inner strength-built physical resiliency.

Life is filled with circuses.
You will fail. You will likely fail often. It will be painful. It will be discouraging. At times it will test you to your very core. But if you want to change the world, don’t be afraid of the circuses.

At least twice a week, the trainees were required to run the obstacle course.  The obstacle course contained 25 obstacles including a 10-foot high wall, a 30-foot cargo net, and a barbed wire crawl to name a few.
But the most challenging obstacle was the slide for life. It had a three level 30 foot tower at one end and a one level tower at the other.  In between was a 200-foot long rope.

You had to climb the three tiered tower and once at the top, you grabbed the rope, swung underneath the rope and pulled yourself hand over hand until you got to the other end.

The record for the obstacle course had stood for years when my class began training in 1977.
The record seemed unbeatable, until one day, a student decided to go down the slide for life—head first.
Instead of swinging his body underneath the rope and inching his way down, he bravely mounted the TOP of the rope and thrust himself forward.

It was a dangerous move—seemingly foolish, and fraught with risk.  Failure could mean injury and being dropped from the training.

Without hesitation—the student slid down the rope—perilously fast, instead of several minutes, it only took him half that time and by the end of the course he had broken the record.

If you want to change the world sometimes you have to slide down the obstacle head first.
During the land warfare phase of training, the students are flown out to San Clemente Island which lies off the coast of San Diego.
The waters off San Clemente are a breeding ground for the great white sharks. To pass SEAL training there are a series of long swims that must be completed.  One—is the night swim.

Before the swim the instructors joyfully brief the trainees on all the species of sharks that inhabit the waters off San Clemente. They assure you, however, that no student has ever been eaten by a shark—at least not recently.
But, you are also taught that if a shark begins to circle your position—stand your ground.  Do not swim away.  Do not act afraid.

And if the shark, hungry for a midnight snack, darts towards you—then summons up all your strength and punch him in the snout and he will turn and swim away.

There are a lot of sharks in the world.  If you hope to complete the swim you will have to deal with them.
So, If you want to change the world, don’t back down from the sharks.

As Navy SEALs one of our jobs is to conduct underwater attacks against enemy shipping.  We practiced this technique extensively during basic training.

The ship attack mission is where a pair of SEAL divers is dropped off outside an enemy harbor and then swims well over two miles—underwater—using nothing but a depth gauge and a compass to get to their target.
During the entire swim, even well below the surface there is some light that comes through.  It is comforting to know that there is open water above you.

But as you approach the ship, which is tied to a pier, the light begins to fade. The steel structure of the ship blocks the moonlight—it blocks the surrounding street lamps—it blocks all ambient light.
To be successful in your mission, you have to swim under the ship and find the keel—the centerline and the deepest part of the ship.

This is your objective.  But the keel is also the darkest part of the ship—where you cannot see your hand in front of your face, where the noise from the ship’s machinery is deafening and where it is easy to get disoriented and fail.
Every SEAL knows that under the keel, at the darkest moment of the mission—is the time when you must be calm, composed—when all your tactical skills, your physical power and all your inner strength must be brought to bear.
If you want to change the world, you must be your very best in the darkest moment.

The ninth week of training is referred to as “Hell Week.”  It is six days of no sleep, constant physical and mental harassment and—one special day at the Mud Flats—the Mud Flats are area between San Diego and Tijuana where the water runs off and creates the Tijuana slue’s—a swampy patch of terrain where the mud will engulf you.
It is on Wednesday of Hell Week that you paddle down to the mud flats and spend the next 15 hours trying to survive the freezing cold mud, the howling wind and the incessant pressure to quit from the instructors.
As the sun began to set that Wednesday evening, my training class, having committed some “egregious infraction of the rules” was ordered into the mud.

The mud consumed each man till there was nothing visible but our heads.  The instructors told us we could leave the mud if only five men would quit—just five men and we could get out of the oppressive cold.

Looking around the mud flat it was apparent that some students were about to give up.  It was still over eight hours till the sun came up—eight more hours of bone chilling cold.

The chattering teeth and shivering moans of the trainees were so loud it was hard to hear anything and then, one
voice began to echo through the night—one voice raised in song.

The song was terribly out of tune, but sung with great enthusiasm. One voice became two and two became three and before long everyone in the class was singing.

We knew that if one man could rise above the misery then others could as well. The instructors threatened us with more time in the mud if we kept up the singing—but the singing persisted.

And somehow—the mud seemed a little warmer, the wind a little tamer and the dawn not so far away.
If I have learned anything in my time traveling the world, it is the power of hope.  The power of one person—Washington, Lincoln, King, Mandela and even a young girl from Pakistan—Malala—one person can change the world by giving people hope.

So, if you want to change the world, start singing when you’re up to your neck in mud.
Finally, in SEAL training there is a bell.  A brass bell that hangs in the center of the compound for all the students to see.

All you have to do to quit—is ring the bell. Ring the bell and you no longer have to wake up at 5 o’clock. Ring the bell and you no longer have to do the freezing cold swims. Ring the bell and you no longer have to do the runs, the obstacle course, the PT—and you no longer have to endure the hardships of training.

Just ring the bell.
If you want to change the world don’t ever, ever ring the bell. To the graduating class of 2014, you are moments away from graduating.  Moments away from beginning your journey through life.  Moments away starting to change the world—for the better.
It will not be easy. But, YOU are the class of 2014—the class that can affect the lives of 800 million people in the next century. Start each day with a task completed. Find someone to help you through life. Respect everyone.

Know that life is not fair and that you will fail often, but if take you take some risks, step up when the times are toughest, face down the bullies, lift up the downtrodden and never, ever give up—if you do these things, then next generation and the generations that follow will live in a world far better than the one we have today and—what started here will indeed have changed the world—for the better.

Thank you very much. Hook ’em horns.

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C.R. Plastic Products Makes “Tiny” Girl’s Dream a Reality

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Acacia Woodley founded Tiny Girl, Big Dream.

STRATFORD, ON – When a diminutive girl named Acacia Woodley (nickname “Tiny”) wanted to put a dent in the scourge of bullying, she dreamed of a sanctuary. As a girl with two fingers on her left hand, Woodley knew about bullying, and the sanctuary she longed for ultimately took the shape of Friendship Benches.

Woodley’s organization, Tiny Girl, Big Dream, partnered with Canada-based C.R. Plastic Products to manufacture the colorful benches where kids can go when they need compassion and understanding. Schools and institutions may purchase colorfully adorned friendship benches from CR Plastic Products.

Acacia & Ted_Photo2The school/institution price includes a kit with 500 bracelets, DVD video from Acacia, Friendship report and markers. “The price, including the kit, is meant for schools, clubs, institutions, etc. that would want the kit in order to help promote the Friendship Bench initiative,” says Ted Scott (pictured with Acacia Woodley) of C.R. Plastic Products. “C.R. Plastic Products is proud to work together with Tiny Girl, Big Dream, to support her kindness epidemic in conjunction with the Friendship Bench.”

According to an article in the Stratford Beacon Herald, Florida-based Woodley describes a Friendship Bench as “a special bench that anyone can go to when they’re having a bad day or need someone to talk to.”

Printed on the back are words of encouragement and positive character traits. The Beacon Herald reports that C.R. Plastic Products “has built a total of 45 of the cheerful friendship benches so far, as well as one gigantic one that measures nearly three meters in height and weighs almost 700 kilograms.”

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Sunbrella Has Five Reasons Why White is Red Hot for Spring

White cushions can work.

White cushions can work.

Designers at Sunbrella know that there are a lot of fashion rules surrounding the color white. Most fashionistas agree wearing head-to-toe white to a wedding, unless you are the bride, is a fashion faux-pas.

Others adhere to the “no white after Labor Day” rule with die-hard resolve. Still others believe that a white sofa is surely just an accident waiting to happen and opt for a “safer” color, like beige or gray. This spring, Sunbrella says brush aside preconceived notions about the color white and convince customers to try it on for size. Click Here to see Sunbrella’s in-house Shine blog for more information.

Here are five reasons why white is red hot for spring:

1) White is the color of purity and innocence. Spring is the season of rebirth and after a long winter of dark, stormy days, and white conveys new life and hope for warm days ahead. This spring, try using a light hue like Canvas Natural on decorative pillows against a dark sofa or chair to create a chic and unexpected contrast.

2) White is the ultimate blank canvas. By definition, white is the color the human eye sees when it senses light containing all the wavelengths of the visible spectrum; therefore, white pairs perfectly with any and all colors of the rainbow. For a natural look that plays off the light green colors of spring, pair a white chaise with citrusy greens like Echo Limelite, Carousel Limelite and Canvas Palm.

3) White is bold. Should you use white fabric on your outdoor furniture this spring? Why not? Sunbrella fabric is very cleanable and looks fabulous by the pool, in the garden or on the deck. If you want to get creative, add a contrasting color to the cushion welt cording and tie in decorative pillows in a pattern from a similar color palette.

4) White is minimalist. Spring fashion lookbooks are bursting with white-on-white ensembles, which feel both minimalist and luxurious. If you choose to go the minimalist route with your fabric colors, be sure to incorporate different textures and details like fringe or cording to add interest to your design.

5) White is on trend. Everywhere we look, we see white. This season, white blazers and white skirts are replacing the standard black or gray office wear and sandals that incorporate at least one white strap look chic and of-the-moment. For home décor, borrow the classic black and white color palette that never goes out of style, or for a more subtle look, add a touch of coral or teal to a white and gray base.

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Wake-Up Call for Specialty Retailers


by Carol Daus

If you haven’t read the interview with Jim Brett, West Elm’s president, in the April 2014 issue of Fast Company, you can find it right here. The article, written by Danielle Sacks, is a wake-up call for specialty retailers who think they have a competitive edge over mass retailers when it comes to providing personalized customer service.

In the piece, Brett says that a retailer’s best customer “could be a person who has never bought a single thing. You have to throw out the classic retail metrics.” In other words, Brett believes that in today’s competitive retail environment with digitally savvy customers, any brick-and-mortar’s edge is in its relationships. This goes for West Elm’s once struggling, but now thriving, home-furnishings’ outlets throughout the country. Brett goes on to say, “I think brick and mortar is an amazing opportunity to use our stores and our store staff as a vehicle to truly engage with the community in a way no other retailers are doing.”

When Brett was hired to revive the mass retailer, his goal was to transform his stores into “community hubs,” which would maintain individual identities and distinct personalities. He directed sales staff to think of themselves as “old-fashioned merchants” who could direct customers to other stores and services in their neighborhoods that they would find interesting. For example, “employees should look for ways to enrich the interaction—directing them toward a nearby flower shop, say, or recommending a great local tapas restaurant.”

West Elm is even working with local craftspeople to fashion custom-made pieces for its customers. “We’re trying to truly scale local,” says Brett. “I want West Elm to be known as the brand that does local better than anyone else in the country.”

As I read Brett’s comments, it made me realize that specialty retailers in the casual furniture, barbecue/grill, and hearth industries are in the best position to provide a relationship-based experience for their customers—if they’re not already doing so. In addition to being product experts, they know their communities and the customers they serve.

This issue’s Showroom Showcase retailer, Fireplace and Verandah, in Orlando, Florida, has been providing personalized customer service for close to 40 years. Its repeat business is one of the reasons for its success. Simple touches like offering outdoor-space planning and contacting customers when collections are discontinued but pieces are still available, are greatly appreciated by customers.

To connect with existing and new customers, Fireplace and Verandah hosts promotional events to showcase its products and create a family atmosphere. A recent cookout with Big Green Egg turned into an all-day party. During the event, customers learned about the store’s products but also enjoyed exchanging grilling tips with different customers.

Creating a relationship-based business is not difficult. A store owner simply needs to understand his customers, extend first-class service beyond the confines of his store, and offer special events such as classes or cooking demos that strengthen customer relationships. If West Elm can create a sensory (and fun) experience for its customers, you can too.

Carol Daus is editor of Patio & Hearth Products Report.

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New Fabric Line from Phifer Feeds Demand

The new line is available in 16 colors.

The new line is available in 16 colors.

TUSCALOOSA, AL – With the introduction of its Phifertex® Contract Line of sling outdoor fabrics, Alabama-based Phifer has designed a new product specifically for the commercial and hospitality segments of the outdoor furniture industry.

To feed an increased demand for fabrics in the contract and hospitality markets, the new line is available in 16 colors, with

All fabrics are infused with Microban® protection.

All fabrics are infused with Microban® protection.

simple, clean, and classic weaves to complement to any design scheme, offering up subtle style and durability. Woven with precision, these high-performance PVC fabrics are constructed to withstand extreme weather conditions and are maintenance-free.

Phifertex Contract fabrics are ideal for sling applications and can be used in awning, umbrella and new exterior fabric

applications. All fabrics in Phifer’s Contract Line are infused with Microban® antimicrobial product protection to inhibit the growth of stain-causing bacteria, mold and mildew.

Phifer is the only manufacturer in its sector to offer the added feature of Microban protection. This collection of fabrics is also GREENGUARD Gold certified to GREENGUARD standards for low chemical emissions into indoor air during product usage.

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Extending Spring Days with an Outdoor Fireplace

Spring is the ideal time for outdoor fireplaces.

Spring is the ideal time for outdoor fireplaces.

The days are getting warmer, but that is no reason to take outdoor entertaining indoors when the sun goes down—even if spring evenings are tending on the cooler side. As retailers organize their showroom floors, they should keep in mind that Spring days are the ideal time to consider outdoor fireplaces as the centerpiece of outdoor living. Even when the sun goes down and the temperature starts to drop, customers can stay warm and continue to enjoy the fresh air.

“More and more, people are making their backyards an extension of their homes,” says Stephen Schroeter, senior vice president of the Napoleon Group of Companies. “The installation of an outdoor fireplace takes that a step further, and allows you and your guests to sit under the stars even when it gets a bit chilly.”

Patio of a villaFor customers who are designing backyards on a budget, patio heaters and Patioflames® are a suitable alternative to an outdoor fireplace that allow them to extend their days and spend more time in the great outdoors. Patio heaters use infrared radiant heat rays, and efficient, clean-burning performance that uses less fuel but provides ultimate comfort. The infrared technology heats nearby objects, and not the surrounding air.

The innovative Patioflame® is like having a portable firepit in the backyard oasis. A stainless steel burner offers maximum outdoor durability and weather resistance, and it easily installs anywhere — from the patio to the dock. “Fantastic memories are made sitting around a fire and enjoying the evening air,” says Schroeter.

Napoleon has been recognized as one of Canada’s Top 50 Best Managed Companies, an annual distinction sponsored by CIBC World Markets, Deloitte, The National Post, Queen’s School of Business and CEO Forum.

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Marine Grade Polymer is Differentiator for Specialty Retailers

The Hampton Sling is made with MGP.

The Hampton Sling is made with MGP.

Designers at Windward Design Group have long understood that the outdoor living area is more than a place to sit. It is an extension of the home, and an extension of the customer’s personality.

Specialty retailers rely on better service, better products, and better understanding. Customers recognize these qualities in the attitudes of representatives and the special items on the showroom floor. Windward’s furniture made with marine grade polymer is a material that truly puts the “special” in “specialty” retailer.

“Consumers are wanting more diverse materials for their outdoor living space and our MGP product is a solution for that demand,” says Carrie Morales, executive vice president. “You won’t find it at the big box retailers and it cannot be imported. It truly is unique.”

Marine Grade Polymer (MGP) collections are made of High Density Polyethylene a durable material that will not swell, rot,

The Hampton Deep Seating Sofa is another prime example of an MGP product.

The Hampton Deep Seating Sofa is another prime example of an MGP product.

splinter, warp, fade or chemically break down when exposed to humidity, water or sunlight. The material is 100% recyclable as well as environmentally friendly. All marine grade polymer materials are made entirely in the USA.

Marine Grade Polymer has many beneficial characteristics, including:
• high density polyethylene (HDPE) originally developed for the marine industry, such as seating on boats;
a frame that will not rot, swell, blister or delaminate, even in harsh salt-water or chlorinated environments;
substantial weight;
• marine grade stainless steel hardware;
• material specially formulated with UV inhibitors;
• a non-porous material that will not absorb dirt, chemicals or liquids;
• significantly stronger, more scratch resistant and durable than furniture from 100% recycled material;
• three colors – River White, Greco & Flagstone Gray;
• no additional finishing required;
• precise tolerances for consistent color, thickness & density; and
• micro shield additive that protects against bacteria & algae