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October 27, 2013

A colorful expansion

Poly-Wood adds space to showroom in Chicago

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A local manufacturer has expanded its retail outlet at a Chicago shopping landmark.

Poly-Wood Inc., which makes casual furniture, recently unveiled the final phase of its permanent showroom in the Chicago Merchandise Mart. The company completed a 1,600-square-foot extension of its showroom in time for the International Casual Furniture and Accessories Market. During the market Poly-Wood was recognized with a Merchandising Excellence Award in the Under 5,000 square feet Permanent Showroom category by MMPI and other industry sponsors.

“With the completion of the final square footage of our new 15th floor permanent showroom, our entire Poly-Wood professional team can now take pride in our Chicago home and its ability to fully display our growing product offering,” said Mark Phillabaum, co-founder of Poly-Wood. “The industry recognition of the showroom with the merchandising excellence award further acknowledges the collective efforts of our showroom and product designers and their ability to creatively illustrate the Poly-Wood story.”

With the extension, Poly-Wood now has 4,950-square-feet of showroom in a central position on the 15th floor of the Chicago Merchandise Mart.

“My goal was to use the added space to further build upon the practical, yet colorful first phase of the showroom introduced this past summer,” said Lauren Hodges, artistic director for Poly-Wood. “Through the addition of wall murals and eclectic displays, the space has been designed as an interactive and expressive platform for our many collections of all-weather furnishings.”

Poly-Wood makes its outdoor furniture from recycled plastic lumber.

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