History

It was over 125 years ago that Hyman Freedman began making seat cushionsfor horse-drawn buggies. He knew his craft well, and was awarded a diploma of honorable mention at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago for his upholstery skills.

A century later, the tradition continues. Freedman Seating Company is still a family owned-and-operated business committed to meeting the highest standards in the industry. Today, Freedman Seating Company employs 900 people and is one of the world’s largest specialty seating manufacturers.

World’s Columbian Exposition

June 24, 1894

World’s Columbian Exposition

Hyman Freedman receives an honorable mention for his upholstery skills at the 1892/3 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago.

U.S. Patent #1843550

February 2, 1932

U.S. Patent #1843550

Hyman Freedman receives first patent (1843550) for spring seats.

Move to 4545 W. Augusta Blvd.

October 1, 1999

Move to 4545 W. Augusta Blvd.

Freedman Seating Company moves to a new 350,000 sq. ft. factory and and office space on the west-side of Chicago. The famous building was once home to Motorola and the invention of the 2-way radio.

U.S. Patent #6398302

June 4, 2002

U.S. Patent #6398302

Gerald Freedman receives patent (6398302) for adjustable child seat.

4ONE Joint Venture Established

October 1, 2005

4ONE Joint Venture Established

A joint venture with USSC Group to offering seating solutions for all sectors of public and commercial transportation throughout the US and Canada.

Freedman Mobility Seating

December 21, 2011

Freedman Mobility Seating

Freedman Seating Company purchases the assets of Braun Seating, The new company, Freedman Mobility Seating (FMS), produces seats for the mobility van market, as well as high line seating for the small and mid-sized bus market.

Best In Show at BusCon Expo

September 26, 2014

Best In Show at BusCon Expo

Freedman Seating was honored to accept the award for “Best New Product or Service” for the Eleganza Collection by FMS Seating. The new line of executive seating offers three distinctive seats with impeccable comfort and style: the Napoli, the Bellagio, and newest edition, the Trieste.

Facility Expansion

February 5, 2015

Facility Expansion

Craig Freedman is joined by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Alderman Emma Mitts as we open our new Engineering and Purchasing Offices, part of a $10 Million expansion project resulting in an additional 200 jobs over the last two years.

Craig Freedman Appointed to U.S. Commerce Secretary’s Manufacturing Council

February 11, 2015

Craig Freedman Appointed to U.S. Commerce Secretary’s Manufacturing Council

Comprised of 30 private sector leaders selected for their expertise and industry perspectives, the Council advises the Commerce secretary on policies to strengthen the manufacturing economy and create jobs.

Craig Freedman Honored with Diversity Award

August 11, 2015

Craig Freedman Honored with Diversity Award

Barnes & Thornburg LLP sponsored its 6th Annual “Celebration of Diversity” reception and dinner honoring diversity trailblazers. Cook County Commissioner Richard R. Boykin (1st District) invited Craig Freedman, President, to be an honoree at this year’s celebration held at the University Club of Chicago.

New Employee Gym Opens

May 2, 2016

New Employee Gym Opens

We are committed to the long-term well-being of our employees. Partnering with Trodo, we are elevating employee potential through individual and team development, and group-based functional fitness programming.

Freedman Seating Awarded NYC Ferry Project

August 1, 2016

Freedman Seating Awarded NYC Ferry Project

Freedman Seating was awarded the New York Citywide Ferry Service Project, which will include Freedman’s Gemini seat throughout its 19 vessels. The new vessels built by Metal Shark and Horizon Shipbuilding will carry an estimated 4.6 million passenger trips per year.

Freedman Seating Adopts Environmental Policy Statement

March 9, 2017

Freedman Seating Adopts Environmental Policy Statement

Freedman Seating Company is committed to managing the environmental impact of our operations. It is our policy to assure the environmental integrity and sustainability of our processes and facilities at all times.

Freedman Seating Sells Its Portion of 4ONE, LLC

July 31, 2017

Freedman Seating Sells Its Portion of 4ONE, LLC

In conjunction with the sale, USSC and Freedman Seating have entered into a long-term manufacturing agreement.

Transit USA Tour Completes 35,000-Mile Road Trip

November 30, 2017

Transit USA Tour Completes 35,000-Mile Road Trip

The #TransitUSA tour, featuring Freedman seats and other products made in America, kicked off on January 30th making its way to bus dealers, operators, manufacturers and trade shows spanning 40 states. FSC sales managers drove over 35,000 miles in a 2017 Ford Transit 350.

First 350-Passenger Boat Joins NYC Ferry Fleet in New York Harbor.

July 19, 2018

First 350-Passenger Boat Joins NYC Ferry Fleet in New York Harbor.

New “Ocean Queen Rockstar” ferry boat equipped with Freedman marine seats sold through Suburban Seating.

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