Sauder Woodworking Acquires iLean Shelving System

By Bill Esler | Posted: 02/23/2014 9:28AM


  HOLLAND, MI - iLean, a versatile flat-pack plywood shelving system, will now be produced by Sauder Woodworking.

Archbold, OH based Sauder, which produces ready-to-assemble furniture, the Woodtrac ceiling system and as well as closet systems, acquired rights to produce the iLean shelving system, says AngleWorks, a Holland, MI wood products and consumer goods development firm. AngleWorks says the iLean will be distributed by Sauder at major retailers this summer, according to news website

Launched two years ago by Michigan investment advisor Lynn Smith and product development specialist Mark Suman, the versatile iLean shelving system can be wall mounted, leaned against a wall, or paired up to form a ladder-shaped shelving system. Plywood shelves, which are removable, are set within a hardwood frame. The shelves can be set at three angles, using steel wire supports that lock into dados cut on the shelf bottoms.

A video and gallery at iLean shows the system in a variety of uses, from wall-mounted entertainment center, to temporary setting for a tailgating part. The AngleWorks has been selling iLean at its online store.

Separately, Sauder said in its Twitter feed that at the Builders Show, it demonstrated its latest WoodTrac direct mount wood-based ceiling system with panels and moldings that install directly over joists, plaster or drywall for both new construction and remodeling applications. It also showed its WoodTrac closets systems.


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