Contract Furnishings International Wins International Small Business of the Year
Founder and president Joe Griffin started the company as a sole proprietor in 1996, then graduated to a corporation in 2003. Griffin is a service-disabled military veteran, which entitles his firm to compete for federal set aside contracts.
"We are the sole supplier for pool and patio furniture and balcony furniture for all the U.S.embassies and USAID housing in the world, under a State Department contract," Griffin said. " This is our ninth year as sole source."
Working with a staff of 10, Griffin has built a multimillion-dollar business from his base near Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport. The company operates all over the world, with heavy emphasis on resorts in Florida, the Caribbean and South and Central America.
In Florida, clients include Orlando's Sea World and Tampa's Busch Gardens.
2015 International Small Business Award Finalists Contract International Furnishings, Inc. provides high quality, commercial grade products nationally and internationally - ensuring that furnishings are safe, functional, comfortable and stylish - with modern and safety engineered specifications. The company believes strongly in the mostly "Made In America" products it sells to clients locally, throughout Florida, the U.S. and worldwide. CFI is proud of its three key factories in the greater Sarasota local area - they support about 200 jobs locally.The company also generates about 1,000 additional manufacturing jobs nationwide. Contract Furnishings represents about a dozen American manufacturers - some from the local community, others are Florida-based businesses, national companies and some overseas factories. The bulk of the company's business is outdoor furniture including aluminum patio furniture and pool furniture, Grosfillex commercial resin furniture, park and playground furniture, commercial umbrellas, wicker and rattan, wrought iron and furniture for restaurants and outdoor dining. Company clients include hotels and resorts worldwide, along with U.S. military bases, U.S. embassies, NATO, waterparks, theme parks, apartment complexes and homeowner associations.
Contract Furnishings Nominated in the 2015 Small Business Awards
In its 25th year, The Frank G. Berlin, Sr. Small Business Awards recognizes Sarasota Chamber member businesses and individuals with locally owned and operated business in eight categories. Named in honor of the late Frank G. Berlin Sr., whose legacy in the community and untiring support of The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce epitomized the hopes and dreams of contemporary business entrepreneurs.
Contact Furnishings appreciates the recognition from our community. Learn more about the award here.
We are proud to introduce our newest line of premium outdoor commercial furniture. Lloyd Flanders is a brand name synonymous with premium style, commercial quality, and excellent craftsmanship.
The addition of Lloyd Flanders outdoor patio furniture provides our customers with a range of casual outdoor furnishings that include Wicker Loom, Woven Vinyl, Teak, Fire Tables, Dining/Dinette Sets, Fine Seating Groups, and more. Every product group sold by Contract Furnishings International is hand-selected, Lloyd Flanders is no exception and we anticipate that our customers will love this addition.
We will add the full product details in the coming weeks. Until then, feel free to contact our Product Specialists to learn more.
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Contract Furnishings International is Your Source for Factory Direct patio furniture and pool furniture; restaurant and cafe seating; tables and outdoor furnishings of all kinds. Our vinyl strap aluminum pool and patio furniture (perfect for decks and balconies too) is a collection of Next Generation, Truly Commercial, Premium Quality powder coated pool furniture, with a strong focus on Safety Features. A comprehensive selection of Grosfillex brand commercial resin furniture is also available. Premium quality exterior wicker furnishings are offered in several extensive collections of styles. Market, beach, cantilever, and concession umbrellas make up our umbrella line. Park and Playground products include picnic tables, park benches, trash cans, and more.
We listen to customers and help them select furniture and furnishings that best meet their requirements. At Contract Furnishings International you get the respect and customer service you deserve. Thank you for choosing Contract Furnishings International as your outdoor and indoor commercial furniture provider.