HOLLAND, MI - Institutional furniture manufacturer Fleetwood Group Inc. has won a five-year, $3.5 million contract to produce cabinetry systems for the Charleston County School District in South Carolina.

The contract was awarded to Herald Office Systems, Fleetwood's dealer in Charleston, as part of a major effort by the school district to rebuild schools to meet new safety standards, and because of a growing student population in the area. Boeing has been expanding in the area and as a result, employment and population is growing state wide.

Employee-owned Fleetwood, which employs 115 at its Holland, MI plant, says it may have to add staff to fulfill the contract, according to the Holland Sentinel newspaper.

"We're already talking about adding jobs," Jeff Pett, Fleetwood VP sales told the newspaper. 

Fleetwood will produce cabinetry for 420 classrooms in 15 schools, winning after a two-year bidding process against five competitors. Classrooms each get two Learning Wall - which use modular casework instead of built-in casework, allwoing more flexibility as classroom space requirements change. All panels are 3/4" TFM with PVC edges; shelves are adjustable 3/4" TFM.

The Charleston County School District sought "distributors/ installation firms to provide Learning Teaching Wall Modular Systems and project management services," and was awarded to Herald Office Solutions, a Fleetwood furniture dealer in Charleston, SC. The contract (view it as a PDF here) commences August 24, 2012 and is renewed annually, and ends August 24, 2017.

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