Buffalo Business First- News Article
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Contact: Raymond C. Bialkowski, President
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BUFFALO-BASED FURNITURE MAKER RECEIVES NATIONAL RECOGNITION
Kittinger Furniture Co. to be Honored at the US Capitol on July 4th for Excellence in Design and American Manufacturing
BUFFALO, NY, June 12, 2012 – Kittinger Furniture Company, Inc. (Kittinger), a custom
Furniture manufacturer based in downtown Buffalo for 146 years, has been selected as the winner of 2012 BEST: Made in America Award, an annual designation given to American-based manufacturing businesses by MADE: In America (MADE), a not-for-profit organization in Washington, DC that identifies, honors, and showcases America’s leading manufacturers.
“We at Kittinger Furniture are honored and grateful to receive the 2012 BEST: Made in America Award. As a Buffalo-based business since 1866, Kittinger Furniture demonstrates the tenacity required to achieve excellence in furniture design, manufacturing, and economic sustainability. We have been consistently dedicated to American craftsmanship and the American worker for more than a century. Our company, our employees, and our handcrafted products are symbols of ‘Made in
America’,” says Ray Bialkowski, President of Kittinger.
Bialkowski first worked for the Kittinger Furniture Co. in 1979 as an apprentice cabinetmaker. He then worked his way into a position as master craftsman and, subsequently, led the company’s cabinet design and production department. In 1996, Bialkowski acquired Kittinger Furniture Company after many years of troubled ownership. Bialkowski’s loyalty to the Kittinger legacy, designs, and high standards of quality enabled him to maintain a relationship with some of the company’s most prestigious clients, including the White House.
After acquiring Kittinger Furniture, Bialkowski never compromised on the design and quality any of the Kittinger products. He emphasized the importance of detailed craftsmanship by employing the finest and most skilled craftsmen. “We are proud of our longstanding heritage as a Buffalo-based manufacturer of fine products, as well as an employer that regards skilled labor as an invaluable part of a successful business. This award and the loyalty of our clients are testaments of our hard work and vision,” says Bialkowski.
In Buffalo alone, Kittinger employs over 20 people and proudly displays their products, locally, at The Kittinger Gallery and Design Studio in Williamsville, NY. Kittinger Furniture is also prominently on display at showrooms across the country in Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta, Ohio, New York City, and Washington, D.C. In September of 2012, Kittinger Furniture will explore new global markets by featuring their products in Tokyo, Japan at Sala Azabu, a reputable showroom since 1974 that features global imports of specialty furniture.
“The timing and location of this event are of great significance to our company. Forty years ago, we designed and built furnishings specifically for the West Wing during its restoration,” says Bialkowski. Even today, the distinguished Cabinet Room of the White House features an exquisitely handcrafted Kittinger conference table and chairs that were personally ordered and paid for by Former President Richard Nixon in 1969. One of the original chairs is showcased at The Kittinger Gallery and Design Studio on 5363 Transit Road in Williamsville. In 1997 Kittinger Furniture was entrusted to handle the restoration of that same table, which was restored & refinished all these years later by the current craftsman employed at Kittinger Furniture now. “The tradition of a loyal clientele is another treasured trademark,” Bialkowski is proud to protect.
The Kittinger Furniture Company will be recognized for its exemplary craftsmanship and its commitment to American-based production at a private reception and awards ceremony on July 4th, 2012 at the United States Capitol. In addition to the private ceremony, Kittinger’s award winning products will be featured in the special “At Home in Washington” show house at the Washington Design Center, which will be open to the public, through the month of July.
About Kittinger Furniture Company, Inc.:
Kittinger Furniture Company, Inc. is a custom designer and manufacturer of the world’s finest handcrafted furniture. It has been owned and operated by the Bialkowski’s since 1996 and is committed to maintaining local manufacturing at our factory facility at 2495 Main Street in Buffalo, New York. Historical and New Custom designs with flawless precision and detailed craftsmanship are the hallmarks of each Kittinger product. Restoration Services are a strong part of the commitment to our loyal clientele.
Please visit both: www.kittingerfurniture.com and www.kittingergallery.com. for more information.
About MADE: In America:
MADE: In America is a not-for-profit educational organization based in Washington, D.C., whose mission is to create and foster a business climate conducive to the free exchange of ideas and information for the purpose of revitalizing and sustaining the competitiveness of American commerce and industry in a global economy. To learn more, visit www.madeinamerica-usa.org.