Ed Murray, Mayor
SUBJECT: Mayor recognizes Meyer Wells for sustainable business leadership
8/14/2012 12:30:00 PM
Joe Mirabella (206)733-9810
Mayor recognizes Meyer Wells for sustainable business leadership
In Good Company business recognition program
SEATTLE - Today Mayor Mike McGinn recognized Meyer Wells for their sustainable business practices and commitment to growing manufacturing jobs in the Seattle community, while embodying Seattle's pioneering spirit and reflecting Seattle at its best.
"Meyer Wells is a local business that demonstrates continued growth, resilience, and a commitment to sustainability," said Mayor Mike McGinn. "Meyer Wells has been a pioneer for job creation, adding at least 16 new jobs over the last two years, with hopes of expanding that number to 100, all the while maintaining their artisan craft and commitment to quality."
A part of the Seattle Jobs Plan, the In Good Company program is an ongoing showcase of businesses that spotlights one locally-owned business every month for being unconventional, transformative, and exemplary. There are a lot of incredible businesses in Seattle, and if your business is recognized here, you know that you're in good company.
After working together in the early stages of the rediscovered wood movement, master craftsman Seth Meyer and furniture designer John Wells launched Meyer Wells in 2006. The two designer-craftsmen established Meyer Wells to combine a modern design sensibility and high level of furniture craft with an ecological ethic for sourcing their materials.
"Our role is to create simple geometric forms that really allow the design nature created to come through," says John Wells, co-founder. "We are taking a resource that is currently being wasted and seeing a significant opportunity across multiple product categories, including feature furniture, retail furniture and fixtures, architectural materials, flooring, walls, and wood ceilings, in both commercial and residential projects."
Meyer Wells is an innovative and adaptive company. Differing from other salvaged wood furniture companies, Meyer Wells offers a higher level of professionalism, quality, and sophistication in the design and implementation of their work.
"We are in an embattled industry," says CEO Charles Herrick. "Due to the ongoing downturn in the building industry, a lot of people have lost their jobs in wood fabrication. While that's been going on, we've been growing and looking for folks who have the kind of wonderful talents Meyer Wells needs to create our artisan quality work."
"With their commitment to doing well by doing good, Meyer Wells embodies the Chamber's vision of 'sustainable prosperity.' We're honored to have them on our team," said Maud Daudon, president & CEO of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.
Businesses recognized in the In Good Company program receive several meaningful prizes to help their business grow and celebrate their employees, including a mayor proclamation; a high-quality video profile featured on the Seattle Channel; a one-year membership or an upgraded tier of membership at the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber; and a special gift basket for employees containing food, drinks and prizes from some of Seattle's most beloved local companies.
The highlighted businesses are chosen by the City of Seattle's Office of Economic Development and the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce by a committee of staff members who meet quarterly to select businesses to recognize. Individuals and businesses may also suggest recommendations via the Office of Economic Development.
For nomination criteria and more information, please visit the In Good Company website page.
In Good Company is brought to you by: Mayor Mike McGinn as part of the Seattle Jobs Plan;
Seattle Office of Economic Development; Seattle Channel; Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce; Flying Spot; and 206 inc.
Seattle Jobs Plan
Mayor Mike McGinn's vision for next generation economic development that creates a sustainable economy with shared prosperity in Seattle was launched in August 2010. It consists of new and existing policies, programs and investments designed to help create quality jobs, protect the environment, and ensure that taxpayers get true value from the city of Seattle's public investments. For more information, visit www.seattle.gov/mayor/jobsplan/
City's Office of Economic Development (OED)
OED supports a healthy business environment and empowers companies to grow and compete. We provide services directly to businesses through advocacy, retention and expansion assistance, and workforce development. Visit www.growseattle.com to access city services for businesses, and for more information about our office, visit www.seattle.gov/economicdevelopment
SEATTLE CHANNEL is the award winning local TV station that puts video to work to build and strengthen community. SEATTLE CHANNEL presents programs on cable television (channel 21 on Comcast and Broadstripe) and via the Internet to help citizens connect with their city. www.seattlechannel.org
Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
The Seattle Metropolitan (Seattle Metro) Chamber of Commerce is the largest and most diverse network of influential business leaders in the Puget Sound region. Founded in 1882 by local business leaders, the Chamber today is an independent organization of 2,200 businesses representing a regional workforce of approximately 700,000 people. For more information, visit www.seattlechamber.com
Meyer Wells builds elemental modern furniture from salvaged urban trees. Through these majestic materials, their work embodies the power of nature and captures the living story ingrained in every design. www.MeyerWells.com