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2017
Grand + Benedicts adds more design talent to their team

2015
3/2015 Grand + Benedicts set to unveil new fixture system at GlobalShop
 
2014
9/2014 Grand + Benedicts adds new engineer to its global design team 

2013

9/2013 New hire at Grand + Benedicts trims development time
6/2013 Grand + Benedicts Ranked one of the fastest-growing companies
5/2013 Grand + Benedicts Expands Overseas Team
 
2012
10/2012 Grand + Benedicts named 7th Healthiest Employer again
7/2012 New Retail Environment Designer Kathy Mann jumpstarts space planning services
2/2012 Grand + Benedicts expands to offer construction services
 
2011
11/2011 Grand + Benedicts one of healthiest employers in Oregon
09/2011 Grand + Benedicts adds business development manager
08/2011 Grand + Benedicts expands project management team
07/2011 Grand + Benedicts opens new Design Resource Library
07/2011 Grand + Benedicts expands account services team
05/2011 Grand + Benedicts expands creative staff overseas
05/2011 Grand + Benedicts adds industrial designer
 
2010
11/2010 Grand + Benedicts adds to project management team
10/2010 Grand + Benedicts boosts material research operation
07/2010 Grand + Benedicts extends its design department to Xiamen, China
06/2010 Grand + Benedicts Expands Project Management Team
03/2010 Real World Expertise Finetunes G+B Fixtures
 
2009
12/2009 Grand + Benedicts puts college within reach of de la salle students
07/2009 Grand + Benedicts healthy employee initiatives flourish with rooftop greenhouse
04/2009 The City of Portland recognizes Grand + Benedicts with a RecycleWorks Award
03/2009 Grand + Benedicts' Contributions in Leed-certified REI Store Leads to Award
01/2009 Grand + Benedicts Highlights Custom Design Services
 
10/17 Grand + Benedicts adds more design talent to their team
Portland, Ore. – Grand + Benedicts, a global retail fixture manufacturer, recently added more design talent to their team. Michelle Davis brings 16 years of experience in design, product development and project coordination to her role as the Design Coordinator and Product Line Ambassador. Davis, who has been running her own design business, Michelle Davis Styling + Design, will be the new client facing representative for the design team. Her experience in textile design, product development and global sourcing of soft good fashion products will come in handy as she coordinates one-off store designs for showroom customers and champions the Burnside and Pearl District Collections to Creative Agencies, Design Firms and Architectural Companies. Davis’ experience with global manufacturing will be an asset to the design team as G+B continues to expand in order to meet client needs.  

 
3/2015 Grand + Benedicts set to unveil new fixture system at GlobalShop
Portland, Ore., February 2015 – Elevating in-store experiences can come at a steep price for many retailers. With interchangeable components and deft use of steel, Grand + Benedicts, a global designer and builder of retail displays, puts sophisticated fixture systems within reach of retailers. “Burnside,” the company’s next fixture system in a legacy of modern lines made affordable, will debut at GlobalShop in March.
 
"We’re thrilled to help retailers get a new, custom look without breaking the bank,” said CEO John Phillips. “Burnside comes with interchangeable hardware, so stores can configure the system to fit their space. We’re excited to see how stores put Burnside in action.”
 
Burnside offers wall systems, freestanding displays and nesting tables in precision-constructed steel. Interchangeable hardware gives store owners the versatility to configure the system to fit nearly any environment from apparel, sporting goods and specialty stores. 
 
Named after a prominent street in the company’s hometown, Burnside follows another Portland-named line, The Pearl District. The Burnside fixture line is made of powder-coated steel in a metallic finish, with optional back panels in either perforated metal or frosted acrylic. While Burnside achieves an urban, sophisticated look, The Pearl District presents a distinct look in brushed satin nickel and rich wood finishes.
 
 
9/2014 Grand + Benedicts adds new engineer to its global design team
Portland, Ore. – Grand + Benedicts, a global designer and builder of custom retail displays, has expanded its industrial design team with a new engineer, Johnson Liu. 
 
Liu who brings an extensive experience working with metal, cast parts and plastics, will be working with the existing design team at the overseas office in Xiamen, China. This new addition will improve the design department’s infrastructure and keep up with growing sales. 
 
“The overseas design team plays an important role in expediting design requests so we are excited about this expansion”, said Director of Design, Brian Dibblee. “The Chinese time difference, coupled with our global file sharing system, allow projects to move around the clock.” 
 
G+B has focused on driving their design and creative teams forward this year and also added a Director of Product Development, Jeff Fleury, in the Portland, Oregon office. 
 

9/2013 New hire at Grand + Benedicts trims development time 
Portland, Ore. – Grand + Benedicts, a global retail fixture manufacturer, recently added more product development horsepower to its team. Mark Clemens brings over 30 years of interior architecture and fixture development expertise to the product development team, closing the gap between idea and finished product.

Clemens, who worked as vice president of product development at idX, will extend his expertise in store fixture trends, materials and manufacturing techniques to G+B’s custom fixture programs. As former president of the Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI), Clemens will also expand the company’s base of domestic woodworking vendors.

“Mark’s background in product development and the woodworking industry is a big advantage to our customers,” said President John Phillips. “Shaping ideas with a close eye on production can cut development time and generate cost efficiencies.”


6/2013 Grand + Benedicts Ranked one of the fastest-growing companies
 
Portland, Ore. – Being ranked one of Oregon’s 100 fastest-growing companies doesn’t come easy. A company’s growth rate needs to exceed 44 percent from 2010 to 2012 just to make the list. With 44.94 percent growth during that period, Grand + Benedicts made the list and was recognized as one of the 100 Fastest-Growing Private Companies by the Portland Business Journal.
 
The last two years have been really exciting for us”, said President John Phillips. “On top of adding new clients and retail programs, we purchased, remodeled and moved into two buildings.  It feels really rewarding for us to look back at it now.”
 
Building new accounts and growing business from existing customers contributed to the 44.94 percent 3-year growth rate. The company also expanded its headquarters and warehouse spaces along with adding new services, such as space planning and construction.
 

5/2013 Grand + Benedicts Expands Overseas Team

Portland, Ore. – Grand + Benedicts, a global retail fixture manufacturer, recently expanded its team in China in response to steadily increasing demand. Adding a new material sourcing manager and enlarging the warehouse will give G+B production additional resources to meet client needs.
 
“Increasing our capabilities abroad strengthens the way our U.S.-based and overseas production teams work together,” said President John Phillips.
 
Vicky Wang, who has eight years of experience, joins G+B in China as a material sourcing manager. Wang will work with the quality control, engineering and design teams in Xiamen to source materials and locate new suppliers. Materials sourced overseas are also available in the G+B Design Resource Library in Portland, enabling clients to select exact materials that are available in China and speed the production process.
 

10/2012 Grand + Benedicts name 7th Healthiest Employer again 

For the second year in a row, Grand + Benedicts (G+B), a retail display company, was named the seventh Healthiest Employer of Oregon by the Portland Business Journal. Since 1990, the company has encouraged active lifestyles for its employees in facilities, wellness programs and culture. Most recently, G+B built a state-of-the-art yoga studio, workout room, steam room and locker rooms into its new headquarters facility.
 
“What we have seen through the years is that employees who exercise and use our health facilities are often happier,” said President John Phillips. “An added benefit is the camaraderie it builds between employees. You’ll see accounting doing yoga with the marketing staff. It’s team building in action.”
 
Employees are encouraged to bike to work with indoor bike parking, check out company kayaks and bikes at lunch or relax and enjoy sunshine on an outside deck. Each year, the company offers an employee weight loss challenge, complete medical screening, flu shots, CPR and first aid training to keep employees and their families healthy.
 
Encouraging an active lifestyle usually results in friendly employee competition. G+B has participated in the Hood to Coast relay for 25 years. While many companies look at ROI when it comes to corporate wellness programs, G+B considers more non-tangible benefits like employee happiness and morale a win-win.
  

7/2012 New Retail Environment Designer Kathy Mann jumpstarts space planning services 

 Portland, Ore. – Grand + Benedicts, a global manufacturer of store fixtures, recently added space planning services that span from clean sheet-to-installation. G+B has added Retail Environment Designer Kathy Mann, a 13-year retail design expert, to pull every detail of a store interior together from branding to lighting and merchandising.
 
“We are excited about our new space planning services and catering to retailers with both small and large budgets,” said President John Phillips. “For smaller budgets, we can offer a hybrid option – use stock fixtures out of our inventory to save cost and integrate custom when needed.”
 
Mann, who has worked as a retail designer specializing in grocery, apparel, restaurant and sporting goods, will work with retailers and architects while tapping into G+B resources to manage entire projects. With Mann on board, G+B expects to support operations of all sizes with space planning, branding, custom fixture design, material and finish specifications, graphic integration, lighting, merchandising and planograms.
  

2/2012 Grand + Benedicts expands to offer construction services 

Grand + Benedicts recently added a construction division, enhancing the retail fixture manufacturer’s existing services supplying stock and custom fixtures, installations, and store closing services, such as liquidations and relocation services. With a new construction division, G+B will supply retail store operations with everything they need to open up shop from the ground up.
 
“Initially, we will focus on regional projects, including TI build outs for retailers and remodels,” said President John Phillips. “We’re very excited about offering new possibilities to our clients to open and build out stores.”
 
G+B has selected Cory Riedel, a 17-year veteran of commercial construction and fifth generation carpenter, to lead the construction division. Riedel joined Grand + Benedicts after working in commercial construction at well-respected firms in the Northwest. His depth of construction knowledge encompasses managing complex projects successfully through the pre-construction and construction phases
 
Construction is not a new venture for the company. The founder of G+B has over 42 years of experience developing subdivisions, mixed-use and commercial buildings. Along with development experience, G+B has built and remodeled showrooms, office and warehouse space for four of their own properties. They are currently in construction on a 31,000 square foot building on SW Macadam Avenue in Portland where the company will move its headquarters in April 2012.
 

11/2011 Grand + Benedicts one of the healthiest employers in Oregon 

Grand + Benedicts was recently ranked the seventh Healthiest Employer in Oregon at the Portland Business Journal Healthiest Employer Awards. With in-house workout facilities, showers, bike storage with incentives for bike commuting, an employee greenhouse, a corporate culture devoted to staying active, and an annual health screening for well being, G+B ranked in the top ten of the 5-100 employee category.

“We believe healthy employees are happier, and it’s exciting to be recognized,” said President John Phillips. “Many of our employees are dedicated to staying healthy and making the most out of lunch – whether it’s participating in a P90X program in our yoga studio, kayaking, conquering the West Hills by bike or peaceful walk along the waterfront.”

About Healthiest Employer
Healthiest Employers, a private data research company focused on corporate wellness, honors companies using a benchmark system that ranks organizations based on their survey responses.
  

09/2011 Grand + Benedicts adds new business development manager 

Portland, Ore. – Stacey Santoro is the new business development manager of Grand + Benedicts, a global manufacturer of retail fixtures. Santoro brings extensive experience in the retail fixture industry ranging from project management, sales and director of new business development at Fleetwood Fixtures, to sales at Process Displays (PD) in temporary and semi-permanent retail solutions. With ten years of experience developing custom retail fixture programs, Santoro will focus on expanding the company’s reach in East Coast retail accounts and design firms nationwide.
  

08/2011 Grand + Benedicts expands project management team 

Portland, Ore. – Grand + Benedicts, a global manufacturer of retail fixtures, recently added Emily Meija to its project management team. With a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in interior design from the Design Institute in San Diego and background working at Soljaga Design Group, an interior design and planning firm in Portland, Meija brings a strong background in design, client relations, and project management to the position. Meija will be working with national retail clients, GUESS and Charming Charlie.
  

07/2011 Grand + Benedicts opens new Design Resource Library 

Portland, Ore. – The right materials for a fixture program can be hard to find, especially when working overseas. To help clients with the search for materials and find inspiration, Grand + Benedicts, a global manufacturer of retail fixtures, now offers clients off-the-shelf access to materials from around the world from their new Design Resource Library at the company’s headquarters in Portland. The G+B Design Resource Library welcomes clients to pull together materials and ideas for their fixture programs. With a uniform labeling system used in both the U.S. and China, client choices are synchronized through production. Design literature and periodicals of retail projects jumpstart ideas while green programs keep employees up to speed on the latest sustainable materials. “Our Design Resource Library supplies our clients with a centralized place to learn about new materials while helping them explore options,” said President John Phillips. “Getting materials in hand can go a long way toward inspiring a new program and specifying materials with overseas factories.” Built in collaboration with Maison, Inc., an award-winning interior design firm in Portland, the G+B Design Resource Library is intended to jumpstart ideas. A floor made from a recycled gymnasium and light fixtures from an old Portland warehouse set the tone. And a work-height table supplies ample room to explore material palettes and collaborate with G+B designers. Materials ranging from wood and laminates to exquisite hand-etched patterns on metal are available at the library, along with a full range of resource books.
  

07/2011 Grand + Benedicts expands account services team 

Portland, Ore. – Grand + Benedicts, a global manufacturer of retail fixtures, recently added Kathy Mann to its account management team. With 13 years of experience in retail design, Mann has shifted her focus to business development and will serve as key account manager for the GUESS account. Mann earned a bachelor’s degree in interior design from University of Arizona. “We’re excited to have Kathy Mann join our team,” said President John Phillips. “Her complementary skill set of interior design and retail experience is a perfect fit for integrating our new Design Resource Library with customer needs.”
  

05/2011 Grand + Benedicts expands creative staff overseas 

Portland, Ore. – Responding to increasing demand for global creative services, Grand + Benedicts has added Industrial Designer Neil Wang to their overseas design and engineering team. Wang, who previously worked as an R&D Manager in the fixture industry, earned a BA in Industrial Design from Fuzhou University in China. Wang will be based in the company’s overseas headquarters in Xiamen, China.
  

05/2011 Grand + Benedicts adds industrial designer 

Portland, Ore. – Grand + Benedicts recently added Industrial Designer Jacky Su to its creative team based in the store fixture manufacturer’s Portland headquarters. Su earned a BA in Interior Design from the Art Institute of Seattle and previously designed store fixtures and retail environments for a women’s apparel retailer, Coldwater Creek. As the former owner of a design firm in Taiwan, Su also specialized in tradeshow booth design.


11/2010 Grand + Benedicts adds to project management team 

Grand + Benedicts, a Portland, Oregon-based retail fixture company, announced that Danielle Lawrence has joined its project management team. With a strong background in interior and retail store design, Lawrence will be instrumental in supporting clients fixture design, manufacturing, and distribution.

Studying interior design at San Diego State University gave Lawrence a solid background in site planning. From there, Lawrence designed retail environments and government offices at retail design firms. As project manager at Grand + Benedicts, she will assist in developing custom fixture programs from concept through delivery for new store programs, remodels and roll-outs.
  

10/2010 Grand + Benedicts boosts material research operation 

To expand the company’s overseas expertise, Grand + Benedicts, a Portland, Ore.-based global manufacturer of store fixtures, recently hired an overseas sourcing engineer named Yolk You. With extensive experience in material sourcing, You will seek out the highest quality suppliers and locate hard-to-find materials.

“Increasing the capacity of our material research team brings more options and better quality materials to our customers,” said President John Phillips.
  

07/2010 Grand + Benedicts extends its design department to Xiamen, China 

Portland, Ore. – Based global manufacturer of store fixtures, recently extended its design department to Xiamen, China, with the addition of Design Engineer ShaoLi Kong. With experience as an R&D, product technology and drafting engineer, Kong will enhance quality control and tighten timelines.

“Kong will expedite our fixture programs and provide higher accuracy and efficiency to our design process,” said President John Phillips. “Kong’s extensive knowledge of the production process will cut critical time from the design and engineering phase.” 


06/2010 Grand + Benedicts Expands Project Management Team 

Portland, Ore. – Rolling out retail stores takes finely tuned multi-tasking experience – something global store fixture manufacturer Grand + Benedicts looks for in a project manager. Sarah Arthur, who coordinated over 30 store openings for lucy activewear and 7 For All Mankind, fit the job perfectly. As project manager, Arthur brings a strong track record of getting stores open on-time and on-budget. “In addition to Sarah’s understanding of timelines and key deliverables, she brings the client perspective and knowing what the customer expects,” said Custom Programs Manager Molly Crouser. “We’re excited to see how Sarah’s expertise will fuel the team’s accomplishments.”


03/2010 Real World Expertise Finetunes G+B Fixtures 

Portland, Ore. – If one person understands the rigors of the retail world, it’s Abigail Craigen. After working in the retail industry for 18 years at stores including White House Black Market, Fred Meyer and Maurices, she’s experienced firsthand the kind of quality it takes for store fixtures to make it in the retail environment. Recently promoted to business development manager at G+B, she’ll have a hand in shaping the design of retail fixtures and ensuring they perform in the field.

 “We’re excited about the experience Abigail brings to the position,” said John Phillips, CEO of Grand + Benedicts.
Craigen has an extensive background in apparel, including an associate degree in fashion design from the Art institute of Portland and a Business Management degree from Portland State University. For the past five years, Craigen has worked as a sales support and project manager at G+B. While she enjoyed her previous job, she is looking forward to applying her experience shaping the development of projects from the very beginning.
  

12/2009 Grand + Benedicts puts college within reach of De La Salle students 

Portland, Ore. – If earning admittance in to college were based on motivation alone, four students of De La Salle North Catholic High School in North Portland would have no problem gaining entry. But without adequate educational resources, college is out of reach. Working with the Cristo Rey Network’s Corporate Internship Program at De La Salle, Grand + Benedicts, a global store fixture manufacturer, is helping four De La Salle students reach their goals of earning a college degree.

The internship puts students to work in a range of job tasks at Grand + Benedicts, including purchasing, marketing and accounting, while Grand + Benedicts finances the cost of their college preparatory education. The Cristo Rey Network boasts an incredible success rate – 99 percent of their graduates are accepted into college. Combining real world experience of working at Grand + Benedicts while funding their college preparatory program at La Salle gives students a valuable perspective about how their education translates to the work environment. “It’s important to provide meaningful jobs that allow students to grow,” said John Phillips, CEO of Grand + Benedicts. Juan Alvarado, who is an intern in the Grand + Benedicts marketing department said, “As a student, I believe that the Corporate Internship Program is a very unique program because it allows students to interact in a job environment and gain valuable work experience for the future.

About De La Salle North Catholic High School
De La Salle North Catholic High School is one of 24 high schools in the Cristo Rey Network, a college preparatory program designed to help urban students to get educated to attend college. De La Salle is a college preparatory school that serves a racially diverse community of capable, interested, and motivated students who wish to have a college education but otherwise would not have the opportunity. To learn more about the Cristo Rey Network schools visit www.cristoreynetwork.org.


07/2009 Grand + Benedicts healthy employee initiatives flourish with rooftop greenhouse 

Portland, Ore. – Fresh from being awarded the City of Portland Recycleworks award, Grand + Benedicts heightened their green efforts by constructing a rooftop greenhouse for employees to grow their own vegetables. Fully equipped with an irrigation system, potting table and tools, the greenhouse supplies everything needed to grow “start” plants and keep them thriving through the winter. An employee “Greenhouse Coordinator” is tasked with growing tomatoes, cucumbers and lettuce for an onsite salad bar. Supplying plenty of space for employees to grow their own plants, the company aims to give employees ways to eat healthier and extend green practices at home.

“We believe healthy employees are happier employees,” said John Phillips, president of Grand + Benedicts. The greenhouse expands a company-wide commitment to encouraging healthy lifestyles and green practices, including an employee workout room, locker rooms with solar-heated water, Bike Commute Challenge incentive program and a comprehensive recycling initiative. The greenhouse program compliments Wellness 2000, a wellness program that monitors employees’ health each year and helps them build a healthy diet and fitness plan. Having access to vegetables grown onsite also fits the company’s strong exercise and bike commuting culture.


04/2009 The City of Portland recognizes Grand + Benedicts with a RecycleWorks Award 

Portland, OR—One-third of the waste a typical business throws away is paper that could be recycled instead of buried in a landfill. But Grand + Benedicts and other Portland businesses are starting a new trend. Practicing sustainable purchasing and educating employees to make a positive impact, RecycleWorks award winners are raising the bar on waste reduction. The City of Portland’s Office of Sustainable Development recently presented Grand + Benedicts with the award, a distinctive trophy made locally from reclaimed bicycle parts.

RecycleWorks award winners commit to going beyond recycling with activities that range from reducing paper use to purchasing at least 30 percent post-consumer recycled paper; using durable dishware; buying green power and offering a subsidy to employees using alternative transportation.

Grand + Benedicts has been committed to green practices since 1996. Over the years, the company’s efforts have grown from installing solar-powered showers in its locker rooms to developing clean manufacturing methods. To date, G+B has expanded its green efforts include:

• Switching to paperless billing and training employees in how to print less saves massive amounts of paper

• Giving incentives to employees to commute to work via alternative methods of transportation, such as subsidized mass transit passes. Indoor bike storage and carpools, cuts down on vehicle emissions

• Offering biodegradable bags to customers encourages retailers to switch to an environmentally friendly alternative to plastic bags

• Utilizing reduced-VOC emission composite panels in fixture programs to comply with the California Air Resource Board’s (CARB) regulations

• Relying on the use of steel with a high recycled content and powder coating as an alternative to airborne solvent paint finishes helps G+B minimize the impact of heavy industrial manufacturing on Chinese air and water quality

• Recycling materials and reselling used displays and fixtures from stores closings promotes sustainability and keeps unnecessary waste out of landfills
 

The RecycleWorks award is a program of the City of Portland Office of Sustainable Development’s Recycle at Work program. Learn more about Recycle at Work and other business assistance programs—including green building and energy efficiency–at www.portlandonline.com/osd.

The Portland Office of Sustainable Development (OSD) brings together community partners to promote a healthy and prosperous future for Portland.  OSD advances improvements and innovation in energy use and technologies, waste disposal, recycling, sustainable purchasing, sustainable economic development and high-performance green building practices.  OSD programs, policies and partnerships are key to community health, economic and environmental opportunities for Portland, its businesses and residents.


03/2009 Grand + Benedicts' Contributions in Leed-certified REI Store Leads to Award 
Portland, Ore. – Grand + Benedicts, a global manufacturer of store fixtures based in Portland, Oregon, was recently recognized in an “Outstanding Merit Award” by the A.R.E (Association for Retail Environments) for their work supplying LEED-certified fixtures for the “REI Round Rock” store, a new store initiative that merges green building concepts with retail design.

The REI Round Rock project was designed by Gensler, a global architecture firm in California, to reflect REI’s sense of community and environmental responsibility. G+B supplied fixtures that complied with LEED standards while meeting the look and feel of the REI brand. Working on the REI Round Rock project reinforced green initiatives G+B had installed in their operations for years.


01/2009 Grand + Benedicts Highlights Custom Design Services 

Portland, Ore. – Just a few years after starting a custom design department, Grand + Benedicts has become an industry leader in providing custom, full-store retail fixture programs. Adding a custom design department expanded the company's spectrum of services and capitalized on expertise 50 years strong. To reflect the full range of custom services it now provides, Grand + Benedicts has launched a new website: www.gbcustomfixtures.com.

"Our custom fixture website gives customers the opportunity to explore the big picture of how design follows through to production," said President John Phillips. "It also identifies opportunities where customers can save them money on fixture programs – whether through materials or the design itself."

The Grand + Benedicts custom website provides an inside look at how every component of a fixture program fits together in Passport365, the company's overseas production process. Showing customers how a fixture program moves from concept stage through engineering, materials sourcing, assembly and finishing then logistics and fulfillment illustrates the full range of the services Grand + Benedicts provides.