Opening the Book is proud to work in partnership with Brodart Co., suppliers of library furniture across North America since 1959 and book products from 20 years earlier. The Brodart Quality Standard is recognized throughout the industry and we are delighted that Brodart is manufacturing our designs as they always deliver with high-quality materials and high-quality processes. The 200,000 square foot facility in McElhattan, PA, has state-of-the-art equipment and skilled staff which together enable Brodart to make superior products that withstand decades of use. Brodart’s library furniture is sold to schools, universities, and libraries worldwide.
We have worked closely with the team at Brodart to prototype every Opening the Book product and ensure it is right for schools and libraries. Brodart sales staff have a full understanding of our approach and can answer customer enquiries about any of our products.
From the beginning of our relationship, Brodart have been very supportive in planning joint marketing to give Opening the Book a platform to showcase the innovation of our approach. From vendor-sponsored ALA seminars, to shared booths at library exhibitions to special supplements in the well-established Brodart catalog, we have presented our unique philosophy of how to engage children and adults in reading alongside Brodart’s uncompromising quality of manufacturing.
We have also been impressed with Brodart’s dedication to environmental excellence, always seeking to implement environmental management practices that increase efficiency and minimize pollution and waste. Brodart purchases over 70% of their wood from suppliers who harvest from Forest Stewardship Council Lands. Their composite wood contains 80% to 100% recycled content minimizing the use of virgin materials. Brodart uses several lean manufacturing processes that help eliminate wastes, including recycling 100% of their wood waste via secondary sources.
As well as working in partnership with Brodart Supplies and Furnishings on Catalog products, Opening the Book is developing strong relationships with Brodart Contract Furniture and their network of award-winning dealers. This enables us to expand through North America the full power of our patron-centered approach to library design – proven to increase library visitors and circulation. Dynamic layout designs from the UK teams who developed the approach combine with Brodart manufacturing and local delivery on the ground through knowledgeable dealers. The customer service at all stages is superb – designed by Opening the Book, manufactured by Brodart and installed by your local dealer - all connected together to create a perfect new library space, unique to each customer.