From The Best Materials to Excellence in Manufacturing - Our American Made Story

September 2, 2016

“I never did anything by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work.”

American inventor Thomas Edison’s quote holds a special place in the heart of Columbus, Ohio based company, Caretta Workspace.

All of the materials found inside of Caretta’s manufacturing plant are American made.

Caretta believes in innovation, and their high quality wood desks and furniture with precision, fabricated, heavy-duty metal and high quality manufacturing standards is what sets them apart from the competition.

The Best Materials

“We use American made materials because they’re the best materials in the world,” Andy Tracewell, Director of Marketing for Caretta Workspace, said. “The cherry, the ash and the black walnut that we use grows right here in the state of Ohio, and, in a lot of cases, is the best wood in the world. The wood grain, the feature, and the color — you just don’t find better wood.”

The quality of the wood in Caretta Workspace desks and tables is more than just a local secret, it’s shipped all over the world for the “crème de la crème” of furniture. Caretta’s wood supplier ships their lumber to Europe and Asia to make fine furniture, but Caretta has access to that wood locally. Plus, Caretta’s wood is individually hand-selected for each desk. The wood is also certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), which means Caretta’s wood is taken from forests that are responsibly managed.

“If you look at all the stuff that’s made in Asia, there’s very low regulation in the finishing materials that they use,” stated Andy Tracewell. “We have control over that here. We make sure that the finishes that we use are formaldehyde-free and really eco-friendly finishes.”

The Best Craftsmanship and Design

Not only are the materials high quality, but also the craftsmanship and design that goes into an American-made desk is second to none.  

“Our furniture is a combination of the latest technology and handcrafted manufacturing techniques with precision machinery,” Larry Tracewell, Owner of Caretta Workspace, said. “America was built on the shoulders of craftsmanship and innovation. People take pride in working in designing, manufacturing and producing the highest quality product in the market.”

Thick, solid wood used in desktops permit beautiful soft edges versus particle board glued edge banding. This takes the quality of the product to a whole different level compared to desks and tables found in “big box” stores.

The Best Sustainability

American-made products such as Caretta Workspace desks and tables are not only high quality because of the materials, but also because of the highly skilled employees who take raw lumber and turn it into furniture that will not only last your lifetime, but for multiple generations to come.

“It’s an heirloom quality piece of furniture,” Andy Tracewell said. “The craftsmanship of the skilled people that we have working with wood are cross-trained in all woodworking disciplines. The craftsmen are not sitting on an assembly line making the same exact cut for 1,000 boards coming down the line. Everyone knows how to do everything very well. That’s why each piece is sanded, finished, assembled and packed at our plant.”

Each product from Caretta contains a laser engraved badge and serial number, which confirms each desk and table are one-of-a-kind. Each desk created by the Columbus-based company also contains a cable management system that is superior in the marketplace.

A main differentiator in the furniture industry is the functionality and mobility of the product, which for Caretta gives the desk the ability to travel wherever life takes you.

“The mobility of our desks allows for it to be passed down from generation to generation,” Larry Tracewell said. “Whether you’re moving to a new home or you’re passing down your desk for the next generation, you will be able to assemble a Caretta desk exactly the same way each time. That is a testament to the sustainability of the desk.”

The next time you’re buying new furniture, take into consideration what you’re getting when you buy an American made product. Buying American not only ensures that you’ll be getting the best product, but you’ll be supporting American families, communities and the proud, historic tradition of American woodworking and manufacturing.

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