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Three Birds Casual relocates to encourage ongoing expansion

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Three Birds Casual relocates to encourage ongoing expansion

LARWILL, IN (November 18, 2013) Locally based luxury casual furniture manufacturer Three Birds Casual announced today the company has completed relocation of its headquarters facility to the former Larwill High School building at 414 E North Street in Larwill.

“We continue to see significant opportunities to grow our company,” said Three Birds Casual president Tad Varga, “Our new location provides a better configured and larger space for us to manage all of our operations.”

Three Birds Casual was established in 1999 by owners: Victor Lewis, Kim (Lewis) Varga, and Tad Varga. Since then, the company has grown from a small regional teak furniture supplier to a well-known and respected brand name in the luxury casual furniture industry.

The company’s high-end teakwood and wicker furniture is sold through a network of online distributors, retail stores and contractors to customers throughout the United States, Canada and in resort locations such as the Caribbean. Examples of recent high-profile projects involving Three Birds Casual products include: the Kona Village Resort in Hawaii, the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City, and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (CA).

Columbia City-based Reiff Construction, Inc. redeveloped the Larwill facility into 15,000+ SF of flexible manufacturing, office, and warehousing/distribution space. With more room for expansion, the new facility serves as the company’s main office, housing sales and marketing, as well as warehousing and distribution. The Larwill Town Council approved a two-year vacant building tax abatement to support reuse of the facility.

“On behalf of the Larwill Town Council, we are pleased to support Three Birds Casual locating in our community,” said Larwill Town Council member Lore Wolfe, “Three Birds Casual stands apart as a locally owned, locally grown company that reaches global customers from their base in Whitley County.”

In addition to the Larwill location, Three Birds Casual also has facilities in Indonesia where the company utilizes premium government approved plantation teakwood, and permanent showrooms at Merchandise Mart in Chicago and AmericasMart in Atlanta.

The company is building on the success of recent high-profile projects by taking steps to continue growing and increasing competitiveness. In the last 12-18 months, Three Birds Casual has added in-house packaging capabilities and contracting with Hugh and Cindy Fletcher to locally source cushion production.

Three Birds Casual representatives have participated in the EDC’s Small Business & Entrepreneurship Initiative, which has involved completion of the EDC facilitated FastTrac New Ventures program and approval of two Revolving Loan Fund awards to support expansion projects. In addition, the company has worked with Indiana Small Business Development Center and Elevate Ventures staff members who have provided ongoing coaching and mentoring.

Last week, Red Star Contract Manufacturing, Inc. announced the company had completed an expansion of its Larwill facility, acquired the assets of an Indianapolis-area custom grinding business, and entered into a manufacturing partnership with a Warsaw-based company.

 

About Three Birds Casual

Three Birds, LLC (DBA “Three Birds Casual”) is committed to providing premium casual living products. We focus on producing high quality Teakwood furniture for the outdoor living market. Three Birds prides itself in not only delivering premium outdoor products but also choosing partners that reflect the high business standards and ethics that are foundations of success for our business. For more information about Three Birds Casual, visit: www.three-birds.com.

About Whitley County EDC 

The Whitley County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) is the lead economic development agency in Whitley County, Indiana. The EDC works closely with local, regional, and state partners to support our industry clients’ growth and success. Our mission is to lead a comprehensive economic development program that retains and expands employment opportunities for local residents and attracts business investment to Whitley County. The Whitley County EDC was established in 1992 and represents Whitley County, Columbia City, and the Towns of Churubusco, Larwill, and South Whitley. For more information about the EDC, visit: www.whitleyedc.com.

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 Media Contacts:

Tad Varga (Three Birds) – 260.244.4334 or tvarga@three-birds.com

Alan Tio (Whitley County EDC) – 260.244.5506 or atio@whitleyedc.com