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Simmons second century

A story of diversification

a story of
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
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.
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.
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.
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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