Simmons second century
A story of diversification
a story of diversification Most people are surprised when they learn that Simmons is in a lot of other businesses besides bedding. Some of these affiliates are administered as independent divisions of the corporation; others operate as completely independent businesses. Certainly each of them is making its own distinctive contribution to the Simmons success story. SIMMONS CONTRACT DIVISION is responsible for our leadership in the health care field, the innkeeping field and the educational field. Simmons Company manufactures every kind of furniture a hospital uses, including a wide range of patient furniture with the famous "Pace" construction features. These include a unique seamless drawer construction and an extremely rigid cabinet of A-frames and rolled sheet metal. Our Contract Management and our National Technological Center are constantly working together to improve the function and appearance of our furniture. THONET INDUSTRIES and its subsidiaries in Wisconsin, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania were acquired in 1962. After 110 years in the U.S.A., Thonet occupies a unique position in wood furniture for public use. You will find its chairs, tables, sofas, etc. in schools, colleges, cafeterias and other buildings like the United Nations, the TWA terminal at Kennedy Airport and the Chase Manhattan Bank headquarters. Thonet has greatly strengthened our position in the institutional field generally. HAUSTED DIVISION makes and markets a full line of specialized patient handling equipment. Its products are found throughout the hospital, but especially in the intensive care recovery room. In 1968, fast- growing Hausted moved into new manufacturing facilities. KATZENBACH AND WARREN is a leading manufacturer of high- fashion wall coverings. It makes roller-printed wallpaper in the U.S.A. It also imports cork and other exotic wall coverings such as grass cloth and rice paper from Europe and the Orient. The company manufactures reproduction wallpapers for Colonial Williamsburg, and the well-known Greenbook line. Its products are sold to interior decorators through showrooms in New York, Philadelphia, Washington and Chicago, and through about fifteen hundred prestige franchised dealers. Katzenbach and Warren works closely with Greeff Fabrics to strengthen our position in the decorator field.
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