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Jan 21

2017

Klaussner Outdoor Named Winner at 2017 ARTS Awards



Klaussner Klaussner Outdoor, a division of Klaussner Home Furnishings, was named the winner of the Outdoor Living category at the 28th ARTS Awards during a gala event on Friday, January 20 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas. The other nominees in the category were O.W. Lee, Castelle and Emissary. The ARTS Awards is the premier international awards program for the home industry honoring manufacturers, retailers, designers, and sales representatives. Six hundred fifty guests attended this year’s event where awards were presented across major industry categories including manufacturing, retail, design, and sales as well as two special leadership and achievement awards.

“Winning an ARTS Award is an outstanding accomplishment, and we send our congratulations to the winners,” said Cindy Morris president and CEO of Dallas Market Center. “There are so many outstanding individuals and companies that continue to creatively shape the home industry, and it is our honor to recognize them for their inspiring leadership.”

Launched in 2014, Klaussner Outdoor features a wide variety of products geared toward the upper half of the outdoor market with offerings in good, better and best categories.

“To be among the winners of such a prestigious award is truly an honor,” said Gary McCray, President of Klaussner Outdoor. “Our goal from the beginning has been to expand the home’s living spaces offering beautiful, comfortable furnishings to create outdoor retreats.”



Oct 18

2014

Klaussner® Home Furnishings Celebrates the Grand Opening of Its New Outdoor Living Showroom


Klaussner Home Furnishings held a ribbon cutting on Friday, October 17, 2014 to celebrate the Grand Opening of Klaussner Outdoor, its new outdoor living showroom. The ceremony was followed by an outdoor reception.

Featuring a separate entrance, the newly remodeled showroom is located in a dedicated space in the Klaussner on Hamilton Building and has been designed with both indoor and outdoor display areas. “We’re excited about this beautifully renovated space,” said Klaussner’s Vice President of Marketing, Len Burke. “We have created a unique environment where customers can experience first-hand the joys of outdoor living.” Klaussner is taking the first-hand experience even further by holding evening functions at their outdoor showroom. “It’s fun. It’s engaging. Winding down the day at an outdoor get together is the perfect way for customers to not only appreciate our new products, but also North Carolina’s beauty, ” said Mr. Burke.

 “The response to Klaussner Outdoor has been extremely positive,” said President of Klaussner Outdoor, Gary McCray.  “Outdoor living has evolved to a whole new level. People want beautiful, comfortable spaces and our products allow them to create outdoor retreats.”



Klaussner® Home Furnishings To Launch Klaussner Outdoor at Chicago Casual Market



Klaussner Home Furnishings will debut its new outdoor living category this September at the International Casual Furniture and Accessories Show in Chicago. The division, aptly named Klaussner Outdoor, will feature a wide variety of products geared toward the upper half of the outdoor market with offerings in good, better and best categories.

Outdoor furniture veteran, Gary McCray, named President of Klaussner Outdoor, originally came to Klaussner in March to begin developing the outdoor category. Bringing more than 25 years of outdoor experience to the table, McCray was formerly with Heritage Home Group where he most recently served as Senior Vice-President of Sales, Designer Brands. Prior to this appointment, McCray was president of Lane Venture for five years culminating a tenure that spanned 34 years with the company. McCray also serves as Vice Chairman of the International Casual Furniture Association.  

“I’m thrilled by the opportunity to bring my experience to Klaussner. We previewed a sampling of the new product at the July pre-market in Chicago and the response we received from the specialty retailers and the traditional Klaussner customer was outstanding,” said McCray. “The infrastructure has been in place all along for this new venture.  Couple that with the support of the impressive team at Klaussner and we think we’re creating something special here.”

Also joining Klaussner’s Outdoor Living team as its Sales and Merchandise Manager is Teresa Buelin, former Vice –President of Sales and Marketing for Lane Venture.  Teresa brings extensive outdoor experience and relationships with key retailers to the Klaussner Outdoor team.   She will be focusing on the development of the new division’s sales force of 60 representatives servicing accounts across the globe.

“We are very pleased with how quickly we’ve been able to bring this category to the marketplace,” said Klaussner President Bill Wittenberg. “The feedback from our retail partners has been impressive. It’s great to hear how excited they are that we are adding this category to our existing portfolio of products.”  Klaussner will introduce seven collections at the Chicago Show and the new line will also show at October Market in Klaussner’s dedicated space in the Klaussner on Hamilton Building.



Klaussner® Home Furnishings Hires Gary McCray to Lead Entry into Outdoor Living Category



Industry veteran, Gary McCray, has joined the Klaussner Home Furnishings team. McCray will spearhead Klaussner’s entrance into the Outdoor Living category, which will operate under a new brand to be announced by Klaussner. The independent division will be marketed through a variety of channels including outdoor category retailers, furniture stores as well as Klaussner’s existing retail partners.

“We’ve been exploring this new territory for several years,” said Klaussner President and CEO Bill Wittenberg. “With the growth among traditional furniture buyers it includes the core of today’s market.  There’s never been a better time to add outdoor to our portfolio of products and no one is better equipped to do that than Gary.” 

Bringing more than 25 years of experience in the outdoor category to the Klaussner, McCray comes to Klaussner Home Furnishings from Heritage Home Group where he most recently served as Senior Vice-President of Sales, Designer Brands. Prior to this appointment, McCray was president of Lane Venture for five years culminating a tenure that spanned 34 years with the company. McCray also serves as Vice Chairman of the International Casual Furniture Association.    

 “I’m extremely excited to be a part of Klaussner’s new endeavor,” said McCray. “I believe the combination of their expertise and capabilities as a solutions provider and my experience in outdoor furniture will catapult Klaussner into a major factor in the casual furniture category.”

One of the nation’s largest furniture companies, Klaussner continues to lead the industry in best practices and customer satisfaction offering a network of facilities to house and produce goods and worldwide import sources.  The company currently offers more than 500 furniture styles with 600 fabric choices, and more than 75 leather options, and guarantees delivery of its domestic products in 21 days or less.

“We are proud of our reputation as the industry’s leading solutions provider,” said Wittenburg. “Now with our entry into the outdoor category we will be able to provide our retail partners with additional channels of distribution and new avenues for growth.”

The launch of the initial product line for the new company is slated for September 2014 at the International Casual Furniture and Accessories Market in Chicago.