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ICFA Names Finalists for Manufacturer of the Year Award

Five outdoor furniture manufacturers have been named finalists for the International Casual Furnishings Association’s 2018 Manufacturer of the Year Award. 

The five companies were selected after online voting in August among ICFA’s membership, and the winner will be announced at the ICFA Awards Gala on Thursday, Sept. 27 during Casual Market Chicago.

The finalists are: Brown Jordan, Gloster, Lloyd Flanders, O.W. Lee and Telescope Casual Furniture.

ICFA Executive Director Jackie Hirschhaut said the finalists were selected based on the overall design and quality of their products, along with their merchandising, customer service, ethics, communications and trade relations. She noted that this year’s selection process was modified from previous years to follow the procedures in effect for the Apollo and Sales Representative of the Year Awards.

“The Board of Directors last October approved a recommendation from our Awards Committee to duplicate the method in place for showcasing five finalists like the other two awards,” Hirschhaut said.

The Sept. 27 awards gala will bring together all segments of the outdoor furnishings industry to recognize and celebrate top retail stores, manufacturers and sales representatives. Products receiving the industry’s Design Excellence Awards will be spotlighted, along with the two Lilly Awards for Outdoor Furniture and Outdoor Accents, plus the Lillian B. Winchester “Best of Show” design award.

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