West Palm Beach, FL (PressExposure) February 14, 2007 -- There are few companies that can claim to be centanarians. But Telescope Casual has accomplished just that; still a family run business, now in its fourth generation. Started in 1903, initially Telescope focused on making our soldiers comfortable by manufacturing stools and cots that would be used in both World Wars and Korea. The United States Government even cited the company for its distinguished service.
After 15 years, Telescope was ready to expand out of its cramped New York City office. The company bought a factory in Granville, New York, a small town of 6000, and began the risky process of manufacturing for civilians - armchairs, folding beach chairs, and so on. Innovation was always key to the success of Telescope Casual, and it was the company's commitment to trying new things that has insured it a place in the market for so long. Telescope is the company that invented the director's chair, the sand chair, the replacable sling and the splined sling. The popularity of Telescope's products has been enormous; John F Kennedy, for one, was a fan.
The wood-working branch of the company has remained in Pennsylvania, where Telescope owns a 24,000 acre environmentally controlled preserve. The factory provides for its own heat by burning unused wood chips and dust.
Today, the humble Granville factory reaches 1,000,000 square feet, and employs nearly 300 skilled workers. And the company founded by Heny JW Vanderminden, Sr. over a hundred years ago is now run by his great-granddaughter Kathy Jucket, the company's first female CEO.