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ICFA Recognizes Manufacturer Leadership

The International Casual Furnishings Association has named its 2013 Manufacturer Leadership Award winners.

Selected through an online vote of retail, designer and supplier membership, one manufacturer is honored in each of 10 categories for the design and quality of its products, along with its merchandising, customer service, ethics, communications and trade relations. From the 10 category winners, a single Manufacturer of the Year also was selected in online voting, and will be announced at the ICFA Awards Gala on Thursday, Sept. 19, at the Field Museum in Chicago.

Category winners are:
Elaine Smith, Complementary Casual Products.
Jensen Leisure Furniture, Wood Casual.
Laneventure, Rattan/Wicker/Woven Materials.
O.W. Lee, Wrought Iron/Aluminum.
Pride Family Brands, Cast Metal.
Telescope Casual Furniture, Resin/Fiberglass.
Trans Ocean Import, Outdoor Carpeting/Rugs/Flooring.
Treasure Garden, Shade Products.
Tropitone, Tubular Materials Furniture.
Summer Classics, Outdoor Lighting.

The Sept. 19 gala will draw together all segments of the outdoor furnishings industry to recognize and celebrate top retail stores, manufacturers, representatives and product designs. Previously the awards were presented during two separate events.

Tickets for the gala can be ordered from the ICFA Web site for $65 per person or $600 for a table for 10. In a special invitation to new attendees, first-timers may attend the gala for $55 per person, or $500 for a table of 10 first-time guests.

The evening begins with a 6:30 p.m. cocktail reception. Dinner, entertainment and the awards program follow the reception.

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