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Price Increase effective
June 1, 2013
Watson Introduces SEVEN with an Electric Adjustable Base plus
2 New Edges
Watson Launches New and Refreshed FRAMES™ Panel System
Watson Products Featured for the First Time at IIDEX NeoCon Canada.
Watson Desking Refines Product Offerings

Synergy 3 Announced as 2010 APCO Conference & Expo Hot Product.
Enhanced Web Support for Dispatch Reps

Magna Design Hardwood Edge Samples





Watson Furniture honored as 2013 Environmental Innovator by Association of Washington Business
May 9, 2013 -- Watson was among seven companies recognized for Environmental Excellence at the Association of Washington Business’ Annual Spring Meeting in Spokane on Tuesday. The company earned distinction as the 2013 Environmental Innovator in the large business category for continuous improvement in areas of energy efficiency and waste reduction.
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Watson Receives Gold Boeing Performance Award
June 26, 2012 –Watson has again been awarded a Boeing Performance Excellence Award. The Boeing Company issues the award annually to recognize suppliers who achieve on-time delivery and provide exceptional customer care. Watson maintained a Gold composite performance rating during the 12-month performance period from October 1, 2010 to September 30, 2011.. Full Story

Watson Awarded Manufacturer of the Year
May 10, 2012 – Watson was named the Manufacturer of the Year – Midsize Company by Seattle Business magazine at an awards dinner on April 25, 2012. Lauded for 19 percent revenue growth and 12 percent employment growth last year, Watson rose to the top for continually improving processes, developing new operating efficiencies, and infusing the market with new products.
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Watson Awarded Patent for the Seven™ Reconfigurable Desk
April 19, 2012 – Watson has been awarded US Patent Number 8,104,410 for the Seven™ “reconfigurable desk with invertible working surface.” Watson’s groundbreaking design is a first in the contract office furniture market and remains the stand-alone answer for overall furniture inventory reduction. Full Story

ZONE™ Announced as 2011 APCO Conference & Expo Hot Product
October 11, 2011 – Watson is pleased to announce that ZONE, a new line of personal storage lockers, was selected as a 2011 APCO (Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials) Conference & Exposition ‘Hot Product’ and will be featured in the November issue of Public Safety Communications magazine. Full Story

Local Septembeard Team Starts for Kicks and Raises $1200 Toward Prostate Cancer Eradication
October 5, 2011 – Watson employees raised $1,215 dollars for Septembeard’s inaugural fundraising campaign. An organization whose goal is to eradicate prostate cancer, the second leading cause of death in men, Septembeard was founded in 2011 and allows donors to direct monies to one of six nationwide medical research and treatment organizations. Full Story

Watson Honored as Washington's Top
Green Manufacturer

September 23, 2011 – Watson was named the Top Green Manufacturer in Washington by Seattle Business magazine. The announcement came at Seattle Business' Green 50 awards which were held on September 21, 2011 at the Fremont Studios in Seattle. Full Story

Desk strategy - Clif McKenzie owns Watson and focuses on his employees and the environment
Puget Sound Business Journal August 26 - September 1, 2011
Clif McKenzie, owner of Watson, knows that almost every small-business owner has an exit strategy. That’s the cycle in which an owner coaxes the company’s growth along until the “natural” point of selling it. But McKenzie also believes that exit strategies tend to get in the way of growth and planning for the long term.
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Watson Reveals Environmentally Preferred Drawer Box
August 16, 2011– Watson today revealed its Tread Lightly Drawer Body System, a waste reduction measure that yields a sustainability boon by using environmentally preferred resources, including material the manufacturer would have previously wasted. The Tread Lightly Drawer Body will be used on all Watson products and began appearing on all orders that shipped from Watson starting June 30, 2011. Full Story

Watson Dispatch™ Outfits 6 Philadelphia Centers
August 3, 2011 – Watson Dispatch consoles are featured on this year’s APCO (Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials) Conference and Exposition PSAP (Public Safety Answering Point) site tours, August 7-10, 2011 in Philadelphia, PA. The original Philadelphia order was fulfilled by Watson in 1998. Since 2000, Watson Dispatch has installed console furniture in six Philadelphia city locations. Full Story

Watson Reduces PVC Content in Products
July 11, 2011 – Watson (www.watsonfurniture.com) announces a 25 percent reduction of PVC (polyvinyl chloride) use thanks to a new PVC desk edge thickness and the addition of a non-PVC, exposed medium density fiberboard edge. The launch of Watson’s ZO™ storage line in the Fall of 2010 introduced a 1.5mm thick edge band to the materials pallet. Positive feedback regarding edge performance prompted Watson to convert all edge banding for Watson Desking™ brand products from 2mm to 1.5mm. Full Story

Watson to reveal two new products at 2011 NENA (National Emergency Number Association) Exposition
June 15, 2011 – Watson Dispatch™, a brand of Poulsbo based Watson (www.watsonfurniture.com), will introduce ZONE™ and RELAY™ to attendees in booth #1001 at National NENA 2011, June 20th and 21st at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Full Story

Watson joined the Designer's Accord as corporate adopter
May 20, 2011 – Watson joined the Designer's Accord as corporate adopter. The Designers Accord is a global coalition of designers, educators, and business leaders working together to create positive environmental and social impact. Adopters of the Designers Accord commit to five guidelines that provide collective and individual ways to integrate sustainability into design. Full Story

Watson Lights the Way with a 49% Electricity Reduction
May 11, 2011 – Watson has completed a lighting fixture upgrade that will reduce their annual electricity usage by 49 percent and total power consumption by 11percent - enough to power 15 average homes per year.The project to replace 426 lighting fixtures on Watson's manufacturing floor and within its administrative offices was made possible with the help of Puget Sound Energy, Energy Conservation Services, and North Coast Electric. Full Story

Watson Dispatch's Introduction of ZO Storage Featured in
Public Safety Communication Magazine

April 2011 - Pubic Safety COmmunications Magazine (pg. 53) – Watson Dispatch introduced its ZO Storage in fall 2010. Developed by Watson as a cross-platform storage offering, ZO provides much needed storage to console consumers. Combined with Watson Dispatch's Synergy console, ZO components provide space-saving file, wardrobe, locker and book solutions for comm centers. ZO components may be selected for height compatibility with consoles and desks, or in taller-than or shorter-than heights to vary the landscape. ZO is built from wood sourced within our Pacific Northwest region that is 100% recycled, industrial byproduct from local milling operations and 90-95% recycled content. Boards are finished with GREENGUARD-certified laminates. ZO's steel legs are made from 80% recycled materials.

Watson Receives Boeing Performance Excellence Award
March 11, 2011 – Watson, today announced that it has received a 2010 Boeing Performance Excellence Award.  The Boeing Company issues awards annually to recognize suppliers who have achieved superior performance. Watson maintained a Silver composite performance rating for each month of the 12-month performance period, from October 1, 2009, to September 20, 2010.
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Watson is now a Northern Pacific
International Interior Design Association

(IIDA) corporate Silver Sponsor

March 8, 2011

– Watson's first step in supporting the local IIDA chapter is pledging support as a corporate sponsor, helping fund events and educational programs. Full Story

Cia Mooney, WATSON VP, Enjoying the Creative
Side of Business

February 2, 2011

– Cia Mooney, Watson VP of Product Development, was included in the Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal's February 2011 issue featuring Women in Business. Full Story

MMQB Features McKenzie Quote as Part of Year In Review
January 9, 2011 – Watson CEO, Clif McKenzie, was quoted in the January 9th edition of the Monday Morning Quarterback's (MMQB) Year in Review.. Full Story

SEVEN™, Interiors & Sources Readers' Choice
Best Desk Honoree

December 22, 2010

– Featured in the December issue of Interiors & Sources magazine, SEVEN has garnered an Honorable Mention in the Best Desk category of the 2010 Readers' Choice Awards. Full Story

Watson featured in the Kitsap Peninsula
Business Journal

November 29, 2010 – Growth, Green & Team | Watson Furniture is growing profitably, with an eye on environment and buying locally.
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MIRO™ at NeoCon East on October 28th and 29th
October 13, 2010 – Watson Desking™ is pleased to announce that central East-coast representatives, The Carlan Group, will feature MIRO™ in the GSA booth at NeoCon East on October 28th and 29th at the Baltimore Convention Center. Full Story

APCO Hot Product Announcement
September 15, 2010 – Watson Dispatch™ is thrilled to announce that Synergy 3™ was selected, by committee, as a 2010 APCO Conference & Exposition ‘Hot Product’ and will be featured as such in the November issue of Public Safety Communications magazine. Full Story

Watson Desking at IIDEX NeoCon Canada
September 10, 2010 – Watson Desking™ will feature ZO™ with Miro™ and ZO with Seven™ on September 23rd and 24th in booth # 519 at the 2010 IIDEX NeoCon Canada exposition. The conference and expo will be held at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto, Canada. Full Story

Building Capacity and KCR give nod to Watson
August 31, 2010 – Kathleen O’Brien’s most recent Building Capacity blog features Kitsap Community Resources (KCR) who gives a nod to Watson Furniture™ as a supplier to the Bremerton-based center’s LEED Silver building. Full Story

Watson featured in Bremerton Sun article
August 2, 2010 – BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT | Watson Furniture Takes Bold Step Out of Recession
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Watson Desking Introduces ZO™
June 15, 2010 – ZO, Watson Desking’s new universal storage line, creates modular zones for organization, storage and display. Compatible with Miro and Seven, ZO provides flexible solutions to meet a variety of applications.  ZO’s low credenzas with stacker storage units are ideal for space division in open plan configurations and offer a modern vibe right for private offices. Full Story

Acquisition of MAGNA DESIGN Featured in Monday Morning Quarterback (MMQB)
May 17, 2010 – Watson is pleased to share that the Magna Design brand is featured in the May 10, 2010 edition of the Monday Morning Quarterback, a leading web-based industry trade publication.  The article chronicles Watson’s acquisition of Magna Design and the subsequent relocation of Magna to Watson’s facility in Poulsbo, WA. 
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Watson Desking Announces Launch of SEVEN™
May 1, 2010 –Watson Furniture Group, a maker of European-inspired office furnishings for business, educational, and institutional enterprises, announces the launch of Seven™. Full Story

MMQB Highlights Watson in “Simplicity of Innovation”
May 1, 2010 – A recently made available reprint of the April 5th, 2010 edition of the Monday Morning Quarterback is now available.  The Simplicity of Innovation, written by Rob Kirkbride features Watson’s Seven, and challenges the misconception that innovation is dead in the office furniture manufacturing sector. Full Story

Magna Design™ to be showcased at the 2010 NEOCON Tradeshow
April 16, 2010 – Watson Furniture Group is pleased to announce that Magna Design will be showcased at the 2010 NEOCON World Trade Fair, June 14-16, in Suite 11-121 of the Chicago Merchandise Mart in Chicago, IL.

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