Siemens Case Study: A better approach for meeting very short lead times

Not just seats Freedman Seating Company (FSC) began 120 years ago when founder Hyman Freedman began making seat cushions for horse-drawn buggies. He knew his craft, and was awarded honorable mention at an 1892 exposition in Chicago for his skill in upholstery. A century later, FSC is still a family-owned and operated business, although it […]

Manufacturers revive apprenticeship programs | Chicago Tribune

By Alejandra Cancino, Tribune reporter June 20, 2014 As the economy picks up a little speed and the demand for his product increases, Craig Freedman said he can’t find qualified candidates who are fluent in metallurgy, can operate his computer-run machines and read blueprints. “The skill shortage is getting more and more acute every day,” […]

Freedman Cares – Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 2014

Freedman Seating is participating in the American Cancer Society’s efforts to fight breast cancer on Saturday, October 25, 2014.   Why are we walking? We know that we can make a difference. We know that by raising funds and walking in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event, we will help the American Cancer Society […]

Transit Trending Toward Maintenance-Free Seating Options | METRO Magazine

By Alex Roman, Managing Editorr – METRO Magazine (http://www.metro-magazine.com) January 2014 Dan Cohen, VP, sales and marketing, at Freedman Seating/4ONE, says the industry has always wanted more and more fabrics over the years, with fabrics that are antimicrobial, antibacterial and moisture repellant recently surging. However, he agrees with Wolf that the latest trend in transit […]

A Sitting Tradition of Quality in Chicago

By Joe Petrie – Mass Transit Magazine (www.masstransitmag.com) October 7, 2013   Outside of Freedman Seating Co. on Chicago’s west side, there’s little indication one of the country’s major transit component manufacturers is housed inside. A parking lot for a handful of cars sits outside an unassuming white factory building with two blue stripes going […]

Optimism Prevails at APTA Annual Meeting | Mass Transit

By Joe Petrie – Mass Transit Magazine (www.masstransitmag.com) October 2, 2013   With the American Public Transportation Association Annual Meeting coming to a close in Chicago, transit leaders are going back to their communities with new ideas, new perspectives and glimpses at new products to take their fleets to the next level and provide better […]

Freedman Cares – Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 2013

Freedman Seating is participating in the American Cancer Society’s efforts to fight breast cancer. Why are we walking? We know that we can make a difference. We know that by raising funds and walking in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event, we will help the American Cancer Society continue to save lives from breast […]

Transit Seating Employs Economical Advances | METRO Magazine

By Brittni Rubin, Assistant Editor – METRO Magazine (www.metro-magazine.com) April 2013 Economical advancements are an essential part of the next generation of transportation seating products. A longer lifespan, bus layout flexibility, lightweight solutions and safety are just a few of the features manufacturers are prioritizing in response to the greater need for long-term sustainability. Lifecycle […]

Driving the upholstery market | Specialty Fabrics Review

By Holly O’Dell Specialty Fabrics Review April 1st, 2013 When a news organization hired a university biology lab to examine the wool-covered seats within the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system in the San Francisco, Calif., area, the results weren’t encouraging. Researchers found at least nine bacteria strains and several types of mold. The New […]

Report: Midwest factories among high-speed rail winners. | Crain’s Chicago

By Greg Hinz February 13, 2013 Who says living in the so-called Rust Belt is all bad? A new report says that Chicago and Midwest manufacturers are disproportionately benefiting from the billions being spent for high-speed (or at least higher-speed) passenger railroad traffic. Up to 460 companies located within a few hours of Chicago are […]

Mayor Emanuel, CTA President Claypool and Freedman Seating Announce Economic Boost | PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 30, 2013 CONTACT: Mayor’s Press Office 312.744.3334 press@cityofchicago.org CTA Tammy Chase 312.681.2820 tchase@transitchicago.com MAYOR EMANUEL, CTA PRESIDENT CLAYPOOL AND FREEDMAN SEATING ANNOUNCE LOCAL ECONOMIC BOOST AND NEW JOBS IN CONJUNCTION WITH PURCHASE OF NEW BUSES 100 new positions supported as local company Freedman Seating will manufacture light-weight seats Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined Chicago […]

CTA order brings 100 jobs to local seat maker. | Crain’s Chicago

By Greg Hinz January 30, 2013 A Humboldt Park seat manufacturer will add up 100 new jobs as a result of a big bus order from the Chicago Transit Authority, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and other officials announced this morning. Freedman Seating Co. will make special lightweight seats required under a CTA order for 300 new […]

Freedman Cares – Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 2012

Freedman Seating is participating in the American Cancer Society’s efforts to fight breast cancer. Why are we walking? We know that we can make a difference. We know that by raising funds and walking in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event, we will help the American Cancer Society continue to save lives from breast […]

Freedman Seating Co. Purchases Assets of Braun Seating

Chicago, IL – On December 21, 2011, Freedman Seating Company of Chicago, IL purchased the assets of Braun Seating.  The new company, Freedman Mobility Seating (FMS), will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Freedman Seating out of the former Braun Seating facility in Leiters Ford, Ind. with a continued focus on servicing the needs […]

More seating capacity: Company plans West Side expansion. | Crain’s Chicago

By Alby Gallun December 14, 2011 Freedman Seating Co., which makes seats for buses and trucks, plans a 170,000-square-foot expansion of its headquarters and factory on the West Side, financing the project with $5.7 million in tax-exempt bonds. The company, which started out making seat cushions for horse-drawn buggies more than 120 years ago, has […]

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