Blog: Everything manufacturing

September 17, 2017

Striving for Material Transparency in Furniture Manufacturing


At Watson, we believe people have a right to know where their furniture came from. Whether there are harmful or toxic ingredients in products that go into offices where they spend 40 hours a week. To rest assured the materials we use in production are sustainably sourced

June 23, 2017

What Was Hanging Outside the NeoCon 2017 Showroom?


The first thing you saw when you approached the Watson showroom at NeoCon 2017 was a large glass case, full of hanging steel panels powdercoated in a variety of colors. This window area, or “fishbowl,” as we like to refer to it, is pretty unique as far as spaces in the MART go, so we knew we had to make the most of it.

August 19, 2016

Watson Converts all Core Material to No Added Formaldehyde (NAF)


Watson and Watson Dispatch are taking an industry-leading environmental position by converting all core material to No Added Formaldehyde (NAF) board.

August 18, 2016

Formaldehyde in Office Furniture: Something to Be Concerned About?


What is Formaldehyde?

Formaldehyde is a naturally occurring organic compound made up of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. It is produced and broken down by the normal metabolic processes of living organisms and is present even in the human breath. 

August 18, 2016

The Truth About Formaldehyde in the Workplace


We previously shared that formaldehyde has been subject to heightened public concern for its potential to off-gas from commercial products into indoor air. Despite the fact that studies about long-term exposure are not yet conclusive, we do know that clean air supports a healthier workplace and boosts individual and team focus.

August 17, 2016

Healthier Work Environments with New, Low and No Formaldehyde Added Materials


In our previous post we explored formaldehyde over-exposure risk in the workplace. Though formaldehyde over-exposure in the workplace is rare, companies need to take precautions when a multitude of new materials (carpeting, furniture, partitioning) are being installed in active work environments. 

June 13, 2016

The Uncorporate Office: Authentic Furniture Finishes


The Look and Feel of Uncorporate’ Office Furniture 

As we described in an earlier postthe form and function of the corporate office is shifting away from monotonous, contrived and rigid toward beautiful, authentic, and flexible. 

June 1, 2016

Introducing Craft Surface For The Uncorporate Office


Discovering the Worksurface B-Side

As one of the few furniture manufacturers that laminate our own substrates, it is critical for our teams to understand the process and techniques that go into making each product component.

February 16, 2016

Design Thinking for Quality: Q&A with Watson's VP of Product Design


This week, we sat down with Greg Kooistra, VP of Product Design to discuss how Watson puts design thinking to work within its design and development process. 

January 19, 2016

Futureproof Your Office With a Kit-of-Parts Furniture Solution


Change is inevitable in business, so when office furniture fit-outs can be extensive and costly, why not design for it? One way to do this is with a kit-of-parts approach that extends furniture value throughout the organization and into the future with value-driven product features that can flex as enterprise needs change.

Watson is a Pacific Northwest office furniture manufacturer inspired by thoughtful, user-centered design, the beauty of natural and urban environments, and the power of manufacturing to create jobs and sustainable growth for our communities.

“We're builders. That’s what we do. And I want people to take great pride in bringing craftsmanship to this company, this community, this state and this country.” – Clif McKenzie, CEO / President

December 8, 2015

Vertical Integration, Regional Sourcing and US Manufacturing Benefits Customers and Our Economy


Unfortunately at this point, it is a familiar story: despite having a long and notable history, U.S. manufacturing has lost considerable market share over the last 30 years.

December 2, 2015

Three Examples of How Watson is Doing Right by the Environment — Profitably


As we previously discussed, Practical Environmentalism comes from our fifty-year heritage as a Pacific Northwest manufacturer, our longstanding relationships with our surrounding community and natural environment, and above all, the customers who value our products and these qualities.

November 17, 2015

Practical Environmentalism: How Watson Does Well by Doing Good


At Watson, a unique environmental ethic permeates all facets of our business - from our facilities, processes and practices to the products we deliver.

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