Woodard, a leader in the outdoorfurniture industry, is being featured in a major exhibition sponsored by the Shiawassee Art Center in Owosso, Michigan. As a U.S.-based, pioneering manufacturer of wrought-iron, aluminum, and all-seasons–wicker outdoor furniture, Woodard is being honored and recognized for its important and historic contributions to the U.S. furniture industry (made over the past 146 years).
Focusing on Woodard’s time-honored traditions of quality and innovation, the exhibit runs for two months, from June 1 through July 29, on the main floor of the Shiawassee Art Center. It displays designs from three centuries, from the original wooden chairs made in the late 1800s to today’s current wrought-iron furniture. The exhibit will also include Woodard designs that are currently part of the permanent collections of both the Smithsonian Institution and the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.
“We are excited to be a part of this exhibition and see it as an opportunity to share with others the roots of Woodard, as well as the growth and change that have been a part of our heritage over the past 146 years,” Matt Weiss, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Woodard, explains. The exhibit is a source of dignity and esteem for a company that has been proudly based in Owosso since its founding in 1866. Woodard is looking forward to continuing the U.S.-made ideals, traditions, and craftsmanship implemented by its founders in Owosso all those years ago and is excited to share its history with the community and the industry alike.