Product Updates — GO-ES Foldaway Cover, Docket 90 Vinyl and Level Changes

November 15, 2022 Product Update – GO-ES Foldaway Cover We are informing all customers of a modification to the GO-ES SpaceSaver Foldaway seat cover. Effective December 1, 2022, carpet will no longer be used on the back portion of the cover. Instead, the back will match the rest of the cover using the same upholstery. […]

Coolest Thing Made In Indiana

Second Annual Coolest Thing Made in Indiana Contest Tips Off Today November 3, 2022 (INDIANAPOLIS) — The Indiana Chamber of Commerce’s second annual Coolest Thing Made in Indiana tournament has officially tipped off with online voting now open at www.indianachamber.com/coolestthing. The contest, which celebrates the state’s long manufacturing history, boasts a 54-company field. There are a […]

Team Freedman Presented With Manufacturing Month Proclamation

On October 12, 2022, Freedman Seating Company was presented with a Proclamation from the State of Illinois celebrating manufacturing as the states most significant single economic sector, employing 9.74% of the workforce and contributing more than $108 billion in economic output annually. Signed by Illinois Governor JB Pritzker, the Proclamation was presented to Craig Freedman, […]

IWP Recognizes Freedman Seating with Business Leadership Award

Illinois Workforce Partnership (IWP) presents award winners from across the state. Each year, local workforce areas submit nominations and winners are selected by a panel of workforce professionals. This year, the IWP recognized Freedman Seating Company with the Business Leadership Award. The Business Leadership Award is given to recognize a private sector company that has demonstrated leadership […]

Creative Bus Sales Collaborates With Forest River, Q’Straint, BraunAbility, and Freedman Seating on the New 2022 Ford E-Transit

The new E-Transit passenger van distributed by CBS will give customers the confidence in the highest standards of quality, safety, and reliability that each brand has achieved in their respective product specialties. INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Creative Bus Sales, the nation’s largest bus dealership, has collaborated with Forest River, Q’Straint, BraunAbility, and Freedman Seating to construct […]

Craig Freedman Appointed to Advisory Council on Small Business, Community and Economic Development, Agriculture and Labor

Chicago Fed Announces New Appointments to Advisory Council on Small Business, Community and Economic Development, Agriculture and Labor   CHICAGO (March 30, 2022) – The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago today announced the newly appointed members of the Advisory Council on Small Business, Community and Economic Development, Agriculture and Labor. Council members serve a two-year term […]

Voters Narrow Field to Top 16 Coolest Products Made in Illinois

Voters Narrow Field to Top 16 Coolest Products Made in Illinois “Makers Madness” Contest Lets Public Decide The Coolest Thing Made in Illinois SPRINGFIELD – With almost 110,000 votes cast, the field of contenders competing in the third annual “Makers Madness” contest has been narrowed to the Top 16. Hosted by the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association, “Makers […]

Team Freedman Stands with Ukraine

The humanitarian crisis happening in Europe has directly impacted FSC employees and their families in Ukraine, Russia, Poland and bordering nations. Your support means more than you can imagine. Here are 3 ways you can help TODAY: 1. Donate to World Central Kitchen. Help us empower communities and serve meals to families across Ukraine and […]

Freedman Seating To Showcase Driver and Truck Products at WorkTruck Week 2022

Freedman Seating is excited to announce we’re exhibiting at Work Truck Week 2022, held March 8–11 at the Indiana Convention Center. This will be the first in-person WorkTruck show since 2019. For more than 20 years, the people who design, build, use and maintain the work trucks and equipment the world relies on have gathered […]

Product Update – Performance Vinyl Name Changes

At Freedman Seating, we’re proud to offer high performing, transportation grade upholstery options. As we continue to source materials from the industry’s most trusted mills, we keep price, availability, and performance specifications top of mind. To distinguish two of our most popular vinyl options, the following name changes will take effect immediately: O Vinyl is […]

Jobs go unfilled in areas where workers are needed. | Crain’s Chicago Business

A small West Side manufacturer who’s hiring can’t “just pluck people off the street.” December 15, 2021 By: Alby Gallun  Read the full article here. For decades, the economic challenge on the South and West sides has been too many people and not enough jobs. Freedman Seating faces the opposite problem. The company, which makes […]

Freedman Cares – Holiday Toy Drive for Shriners Children’s Hospital

Freedman Seating has a long history of collecting toys, clothing, personal care items and food for local charities and nonprofits. Beneficiaries include the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, Greater Chicago Food Depository, Sarah’s Circle, local shelters and places of worship. In what has turned into an annual tradition, Team Freedman once again selected Shriners Hospitals […]

STN Podcast E89 – Dan Cohen and Tony Corpin Discuss School Bus Safety and SeatLink

In a recent interview with School Transportation News, Dan Cohen, President, discussed 3-point safety and technology with STN Publisher and podcast host, Tony Corpin. Listen: (STN Podcast E89) Vigilance & Community: Tragic Headlines, Child Vaccines & Special Needs Who’s buckled and who’s not…why guess? SeatLink by Freedman Seating monitors occupancy and seat belt status of […]

Freedman Seating Introduces New Line of RV and Camper Van Products

For Immediate Release Freedman Seating Introduces New Line of RV and Camper Van Products Captain’s chairs, passenger foldaway seating, and accessories for commercial and recreational vehicles. Chicago, IL – Freedman Seating Company, a leading manufacturer of transportation seating for over 125 years, is reigniting a historical presence in the recreational vehicle market. A fresh line […]

Freedman Hosts Girl Day and Engineers Week

Engineers – like all pioneers – use their knowledge, creativity, and sense of adventure to cross frontiers. Freedman Seating is committed educating and attracting individuals from all walks of life to explore engineer and manufacturing careers.

Community Partners Raise $11,300 on #GivingTuesday

On December 3rd, Freedman Seating partnered with Jane Addams Resource Corporation and Manufacturing Renaissance  to give the gift of opportunity on “Giving Tuesday.” In an remarkable showing of support and generosity, our community partners received over $8,300 in online donations. With Freedman Seating’s matching contributions, a grand total of over $11,300+ was raised on #GivingTuesday! […]

Product Updates – New EconoFlip Seat, Shield Driver Cover Upgrade and Discounted Upholstery

Please be advised of the following updates to our seating and upholstery offerings. New EconoFlip Seat Introducing the upgraded design to our HandiFlip, the new EconoFlip Seat has been re-engineered with safety and style in mind. Now available with optional USR (Under Seat Retractor) seat belts the EconoFlip comes standard with a Feather Weight Low-Back […]

The Manufacturing Mismatch | WBEZ Chicago

The Manufacturing Mismatch Manufacturing companies need workers. Chicago has plenty. But linking them together may require a regionally coordinated effort. By Esther Yoon-Ji Kang Published Oct. 28, 2019 LISTEN AND READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE Until the region develops a comprehensive industrial policy that addresses transportation, employers will have to get creative to fill their job openings, […]

Freedman Seating Hosts MFG Day Events In Chicago

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: John-Paul Paonessa Marketing Manager Freedman Seating Company 773-524-2440 jp.paonessa@freedmanseating.com   FREEDMAN SEATING HOSTS MFG DAY EVENTS IN CHICAGO MFG Month Shines Spotlight on Local Manufacturers, Highlights Career Opportunities  (Chicago, IL) October 4, 2019 – In celebration of the launch of MFG Day 2019, Freedman Seating Company will host dozens of Chicago […]

Freedman Cares – Two Walks. One Goal.

Freedman Seating employees, friends and families will walk and raise funds to support St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital and the American Cancer Society’s efforts to fight cancer. St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer Saturday, September 21st, 2019 @ Soldier Field Visit our Team Site St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is where doctors send their […]

Team Freedman Designs New Sign for Children’s Garden of Hope in Chicago

Members of the Freedman Seating Test Lab and Engineering Department recently completed a special project with NeighborSpace, the only nonprofit urban land trust in Chicago that preserves and sustains gardens on behalf of dedicated community groups. NeighborSpace shoulders the responsibilities of property ownership — such as providing basic insurance, access to water, and links to […]

Seattle’s Sound Transit Unveils New Light-Rail Cars with Freedman Seats

Seattle’s transit riders who cherish personal space will be glad to know the next batch of light-rail trains are roomier in the midsection. Sound Transit leaders and executives from Siemens Mobility on Wednesday displayed the first of 40 railcars to arrive before service to Northgate Station begins in 2021. Another 112 railcars will arrive as […]

Craig Freedman Awarded “Excellence in Workforce Development” by Austin Coming Together

On June 29th, members and guests of Austin Coming Together celebrated the past year’s accomplishments and future goals, highlighting projects, people and businesses making a positive impact on proactive community building. Craig Freedman, CEO, was among several 2018 Impact Awardees being acknowledged at the event. On behalf of Freedman Seating Company, Craig accepted the Excellence […]

Freedman Seating 2022 Holiday Schedule

During this season, Freedman Seating takes time to reflect upon the good things we have…like our partnership with you! We would like to express our sincerest appreciation for the trust you have placed in us. While maintaining a commitment to excellent customer service, we feel it’s important to echo our core values as a fourth generation […]

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