Freedman Seating Company


News and features about Freedman Seating Company.


May 16

Product Update: CitiSeat

New tooling produces a sleek, single-mold shell without compromising the CitiSeat’s strength and durability.

Jan 24

JARC and Partners Launch Austin Careers in Manufacturing Programs on West Side of Chicago

Jane Addams Resource Corporation (JARC) is replicating its hallmark Careers in Manufacturing Programs to the west side of Chicago in partnership with Austin Coming Together and Manufacturing Renaissance.

Jan 23

Freedman Seating Is Back On The Road With ‘Transit USA Tour’ | PRESS RELEASE

Featuring the latest seating and transit-related products with safety and maintenance in mind.

Nov 30

JARC and Freedman Seating Raise $4,500 on #GivingTuesday

Freedman Seating matches donations in support of job opportunities throughout Chicagoland.

Nov 23

Freedman Seating 2016 Holiday Schedule

Our scheduled closings, order and ship dates.

Oct 12

Preparing the Workforce for Today’s Manufacturing | Mass Transit Magazine

On Manufacturing Day, Mass Transit Magazine visited Freedman Seating along with the U.S. Department of Commerce Deputy Assistant Secretary Ted Dean, Chicago Alderman Emma Mitts, and a group of local middle school students to see what a job in manufacturing looks like.

Sep 28

Freedman Seating and BMW Sponsor Manufacturing Day Test-Drive Event

An exclusive event on October 7, 2016 highlighting power, ingenuity, and sustainability in manufacturing.

Sep 23

Freedman Cares - Two Walks. One Goal. End All Cancer.

Freedman Seating employees, friends and families will walk and raise funds to support St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital and the American Cancer Society’s efforts to fight cancer.

Sep 12

Safety And Luxury At BusCon Expo 2016

Freedman Seating highlights new features combining safety, luxury and comfort at BusCon Expo, September 19-21, 2016.

Aug 31

Badger Bus Receives New Glaval Fleet with Freedman Caregiver Seats | PRESS RELEASE

Best Bus Sales Delivered 16 Universal Buses by Glaval Bus, a Division of Forest River, Inc.

Aug 24

Important USR Seat Belt Extension Announcement [NOTICE]

Effective immediately, our seat belt supplier will no longer sell USR seat belt extensions longer than 12” in overall length.

Aug 17

Upholstery Updates [NOTICE]

Please be advised of the following updates to our in-stock upholstery offerings.

Jul 21

Mayor Emanuel and Cook County Board President Preckwinkle Launch Industrial Growth Zones Program

New Initiative to Attract Industrial Businesses, Accelerate Job Growth and Drive Neighborhood Investment.

Jun 29

Badger Bus Receives New Ford Fleet with Freedman Caregiver Seats | PRESS RELEASE

Best Bus Sales Delivered Six High Roof Transit Vans Customized by Prime-Time Specialty Vehicles

Jun 7

Albany Park Community Center Honors Jerry Freedman as Distinguished Alumni | PRESS RELEASE

APCC’s annual awards ceremony and fundraiser will present Jerry Freedman, of Freedman Seating Company, with the Distinguished Alumni Award.

May 25

‘Rock N Rose’ Tour Completes 20,000 Mile Road Trip Across North America | PRESS RELEASE

Freedman Seating Company featured the newest in executive seating for the small to mid-size bus market.

May 17

Lectra helps Freedman Seating meet growing demand for seating products | Press Release

The US seat manufacturer will double its production capacity with Lectra’s software and cutting solutions for plain and patterned fabric.

Mar 16

Manufacturing’s Changing Face | Austin Weekly News

On the West Side, educators exchange ideas on recruiting, retaining that industry’s next generation work force.

Feb 27


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Jan 25

Freedman Supplies New Light Rail Passenger Seating To Siemens For Calgary Transit

Siemens design enhances reliability, accessibility and passenger experience and accommodates expansion of Calgary’s light rail system.

Jan 20

Safer Foundation, DOL Secretary Hold Job Training Roundtable | PRESS RELEASE

Visit to Freedman Seating Company (Chicago, IL) part of Thomas Perez’s State of the Union Tour.

Jan 15

‘Rock N Rose’ Tour Coming To A City Near You | PRESS RELEASE

Freedman Seating Company features the newest in executive seating for the small to mid-size bus market.

Dec 2

JARC and Freedman Seating Raise $2,700 on #GivingTuesday

Freedman Seating matches donations in support of job opportunities throughout Chicagoland.

Nov 30

Versatile, Safe, Lightweight Seats Made in the USA | Workboat Industry News

Freedman Seating editorial in Workboat Industry News for the 2016 International Workboat Show.

Nov 24

Freedman Seating 2015 Holiday Schedule

Our scheduled closings, order and ship dates.

Nov 2

4ONE Announces Priority Seating Vinyl | PRESS RELEASE

Priority Vinyl is a high quality printed vinyl that identifies specific seats as being “reserved” for priority passengers.

Oct 6

The Interurban Trolley Welcomes New Trolley Buses | PRESS RELEASE

After a competitive bid process, Midwest Transit Equipment was selected to provide the new trolleys that were assembled by ElDorado National, an experienced transit vehicle manufacturer.

Sep 29

Cook County Celebrates National ‘Manufacturing Day’ | PRESS RELEASE

Dozens of students will have the chance to learn more about careers in modern-day industrial production during Cook County Manufacturing Day Oct. 2.

Sep 22

Freedman Cares - Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 2015

Freedman Seating has signed up to walk and raise funds to support the American Cancer Society’s efforts to fight breast cancer.  We hope you will join our team or make a donation in support of our participation.

Sep 14

Safety And Comfort At BusCon Expo 2015

Freedman Seating introduces the SplitFlip Option and other innovations at BusCon Expo, September 28-30, 2015.

Sep 10

Celebrating 2015 Manufacturing Day

Students from Austin Polytechnical Academy begin the day with a tour of Freedman Seating Company and end at the Jane Addams Resource Corporation. Co-sponsored by the Chicago Metro Metal Consortium.

Sep 2

Auburn’s Free Shuttle Features Freedman Feather Weight Seats

14,000 students at Auburn University ride Tiger Transit daily.

Aug 21

New Camira Defender Fabrics Provide Long-Lasting Protection

Camira Defender provides triple action long-lasting protection in a single fabric treatment, making it anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-stain.

Aug 19

Washington Needs to Focus on Increased Long Term Investment | OP-ED

A letter to our Congressional representatives during the August recess.

Aug 12

Craig Freedman Honored At Barnes & Thornburg’s 6th Annual Celebration of Diversity

Recognizing that a commitment to diversity requires action and that diversity makes us all stronger. Honoring trailblazers in our community who have made a difference.

Aug 6

FMS Seating Focuses on Luxury | LCT Magazine

A division of Freedman Seating, FMS caters to the high-end demands of the chauffeured transportation market, providing ultra-plush seats that lead in design and safety.

Jul 15

Your Feedback Helps Improve Our Web Site

Freedman Seating Company responds to customer feedback about their experience on our Web site.

Jul 7

Senator Durbin (D-IL) and CTA Officials Visit Freedman Seating

Senator Durbin toured Freedman Seating’s facility with the company’s leadership and representatives from the Chicago Transit Authority and Chicago City Colleges.

Jun 16

Tenth Annual National Dump The Pump Day | PRESS RELEASE

Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the 2015 National Dump the Pump Day is a day that encourages people to ride public transportation and to take them where they need to go, instead of driving a car.

Jun 15

APTA Rail Conference | June 21-22, 2015

This conference features the industry’s premier products and services showcase to learn more about advances in railroad and rail transit markets.

Jun 12

4ONE Announces New Seating Innovations for Transit and Motor Coach Industries | PRESS RELEASE

In May, public transportation industry experts met at the APTA Bus and Paratransit Conference.

Jun 9

Can US manufacturing move from faxes to robots? | BBC News

Unveiled last month, DMDII is just one of a planned network of 15 manufacturing hubs championed by US President Barack Obama as part of his National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI).

May 12

Made in Michiana: FMS Seating Co. | ABC57 News

Tucked somewhere between Leiters Ford and Rochester sits FMS Seating, a company known for making some of the most top of the line seats in the transportation industry.

May 1

4ONE’S ADA-Compliant Q’POD Transit Seating Innovation | PRESS RELEASE

4ONE, North America’s leading designer and manufacturer of world-class seating solutions for transportation announced a new breakthrough in its Q’POD ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) securement systems for mass transit.

Apr 27

Freedman Seating to Compete in 2015 J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge

J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge at Grant Park is a tremendous awareness builder for beneficiary Get IN Chicago.

Apr 17

Lack of vocational education stifles US mobility | Financial Times

The US private sector is in the midst of its longest uninterrupted hiring spree on record, opening up positions in a range of so-called “middle-skilled jobs” — from manufacturing to medical care and parts of IT — that could offer routes out of poverty.

Apr 15

FreedmanCares: Oak Park Hunger Walk

Our team is helping to end hunger one step at a time by participating in this year’s CROP Hunger Walk.

Apr 9

4ONE Calls Upon Congress to Renew Investment in US Public Transportation | PRESS RELEASE

4ONE, Freedman Seating, USSC Group join more than 240 organizations and community groups throughout the U.S. to call for action as expiration of Federal Transportation Bill approaches on May 31.

Mar 30

NYC Transit’s Award to 4ONE Creates Critical Manufacturing Jobs in Buffalo | PRESS RELEASE

New York City Transit’s Award to 4ONE Creates Critical Manufacturing Jobs in Buffalo, NY

Mar 19

4ONE Awarded Multiple Transit Seating Contracts Across US and Canada | PRESS RELEASE

New York City and Los Angeles top list of U.S. major metro markets

Mar 16

Congressman’s Interest in Munis Comes from Experience - The Bond Buyer

Rep. Randy Hultgren, R-Ill. got a first-hand look at how municipal bonds can be beneficial when he visited Freedman Seating Company in Chicago.

Mar 13

Experience the A-List at the International LCT Show

FMS Eleganza Collection and the Freedman Executive Salon on display at booth #315 in Las Vegas, March 16-18.

Mar 4

Job ready and ready to work. | Austin Coming Together

Austin Coming Together - To increase the collective impact of member organizations on improving education and economic development outcomes for the Austin community.

Mar 2

GO-ES and Esquire Seats on Display at the SWTA & NMTA Joint EXPO

See the latest from Freedman Seating at BOOTH #510.

Feb 17

Freedman Cares - Hustle Up The Hancock 2015

Freedman Seating has signed up to walk and raise funds to support the Respiratory Health Association’s efforts to fight lung disease.  We hope you will join our team or make a donation in support of our participation.

Feb 16

Up To 70% OFF Overstock Fabrics

Fabrics are available on a first come, first serve basis while supplies last.

Feb 11

Craig Freedman Appointed to U.S. Commerce Secretary’s Manufacturing Council

Comprised of 30 private sector leaders selected for their expertise and industry perspectives, the Council advises the Commerce secretary on policies to strengthen the manufacturing economy and create jobs.

Feb 11

U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker Announces New Manufacturing Council Members | PRESS RELEASE

Freedman Seating President, Craig Freedman among new council members.

Feb 5

New Engineering and Purchasing Offices Part of $10 Million Expansion

Craig Freedman is joined by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Alderman Emma Mitts as we open our new Engineering and Purchasing Offices, part of a $10 Million expansion project resulting in an additional 200 jobs over the last two years.

Feb 4

Mayor Emanuel Joins Freedman Seating to Open New Facility | PRESS RELEASE

Company’s Expansion Expected to Create 75 New Jobs Over Next Two Years

Feb 3

New GO-ES Foldaway on Display at 2015 NMEDA Conference

See the latest from FMS Seating and Freedman Seating Company at BOOTH #224.

Jan 16

New Marine Seats Continue Tour at PVA Annual Convention

PVA Annual Convention at MariTrends - January 31 to February 3 - Booth #37

Dec 4

Freedman Cares - Thanksgiving in the Neighborhood

Employees and friends collect, prepare, and deliver food, clothing, and toiletries to locals.

Nov 20

New Seats Debut at Pacific Marine Expo

Freedman marine seats are light weight and available in a variety of passenger configurations to meet your specific vessel layout.

Nov 4

Made In Chicago

The region is home to makers of some of the world’s best known brands, a rich and diverse network of suppliers and component manufacturers, a tremendously productive workforce, and a robust variety of public and private support.

Oct 23

High Speed Rail Conference, Dec. 2-4

Business and political leaders will come together with the world’s top experts to bring high speed rail to America. *Co-sponsored by Freedman Seating Company.

Oct 21

This Is Freedman Seating Company [VIDEO]

A welcome and introduction to a 120-year-old company based in Chicago, Illinois influencing public and private transportation world-wide.

Sep 30

Freedman Seating and 4ONE to Showcase at APTA EXPO

A wide selection of Freedman Seating and 4ONE bus and rail seats will be on display at the 2014 APTA EXPO in Houston, TX, October 13-15.

Sep 26

New Eleganza Collection by FMS Seating Voted Best In Show at BusCon

Each year, exhibitors gather to share information, products and technology, but only a few can take home bragging rights. Freedman has been recognized by BusCon Expo as the leaders in executive seating.

Sep 25

Illinois Finance Authority, Congressman Hultgren aim to accelerate manufacturing-industry growth

Humboldt Park-based transportation seating manufacturer Freedman Seating Company is set to receive $10 million from an Illinois Finance Authority bond sale that closed Thursday.

Aug 20

Ice Bucket Challenge Accepted

Freedman Seating Company takes the Ice Bucket Challenge and calls for three vendors to do the same.

Aug 14

Freedman Cares - Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 2014

Freedman Seating has signed up to walk and raise funds to support the American Cancer Society’s efforts to fight breast cancer.  We hope you will join our team or make a donation in support of our participation.

Aug 13

Freedman Seating to Co-Sponsor BusCon Welcome Reception

See friends and make new connections as the bus industry gathers to relax and mingle at BusCon’s famed networking events.

Jul 22

Siemens Case Study: A better approach for meeting very short lead times

Moving from SolidWorks to Solid Edge improves the design process while ensuring data compatibility with customers and suppliers.

Jun 20

Manufacturers revive apprenticeship programs | Chicago Tribune

Craig Freedman discusses the demand for skilled manufacturers and the revival of apprenticeship programs.

Feb 14

A Chicago Seat Maker’s Quest for Skilled Workers | CNBC News [VIDEO]

Company President, Craig Freedman, was interviewed on CNBC news regarding U.S. manufacturing.

Jan 1

Transit Trending Toward Maintenance-Free Seating Options | METRO Magazine

As transit agencies continue to explore ways to grow ridership and take more people out of their cars, one key aspect to the experience is the comfort of the vehicle and the overall ride. Seating plays a huge role in not only that comfort, but also in the flow of the vehicle and the ability for passengers to load and unload quickly.

Oct 7

A Sitting Tradition of Quality in Chicago | Mass Transit

Joe Petrie (Mass Transit Magazine) features a Chicago company making seats that most transit riders in the U.S. have unknowingly sat on.

Oct 2

Optimism Prevails at APTA Annual Meeting | Mass Transit

Joe Petrie (Mass Transit Magazine) interviews Executive VP, Dan Cohen and highlights APTA 2013 from Chicago, Illinois.

Aug 27

Freedman Cares - Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 2013

Freedman Seating has signed up to walk and raise funds to support the American Cancer Society’s efforts to fight breast cancer.  We hope you will join our team or make a donation in support of our participation.

Apr 8

Transit Seating Employs Economical Advances | METRO Magazine

Economical advancements are an essential part of the next generation of transportation seating products. A longer lifespan, bus layout flexibility, lightweight solutions and safety are just a few of the features manufacturers are prioritizing in response to the greater need for long-term sustainability.

Apr 5

CTA Picks Local Company to Make Bus Seats | NBC News [VIDEO]

City officials are calling a contract with a Humboldt Park company to make seats for new CTA buses a win-win for the local economy.

Apr 1

Driving the upholstery market | Specialty Fabrics Review

Durability and cleanability top the performance list for transit upholstery fabrics, but style, comfort and safety (and economy) aren’t far behind.

Feb 13

Report: Midwest factories among high-speed rail winners. | Crain’s Chicago

A new report says that Chicago and Midwest manufacturers are disproportionately benefiting from the billions being spent for high-speed (or at least higher-speed) passenger railroad traffic.

Jan 30

CTA order brings 100 jobs to local seat maker. | Crain’s Chicago

A Humboldt Park seat manufacturer will add up 100 new jobs as a result of a big bus order from the CTA.

Jan 30

Mayor Emanuel, CTA President Claypool and Freedman Seating Announce Economic Boost | PRESS RELEASE

100 new positions supported as local company Freedman Seating will manufacture light-weight seats.

Jan 15

Freedman Seating launches new instructional video portal

Freedman Seating has added a new video portal to our website that will allow us to provide hands on, instructional videos to our customers.  These videos will demonstrate how to add common options to seats that are already in the field, as well as answer common product maintenance questions.

Oct 1

Freedman Cares - Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 2012

Freedman Seating has signed up to walk and raise funds to support the American Cancer Society’s efforts to fight breast cancer.  We hope you will join our team or make a donation in support of our participation.

Dec 27

City of Edmonton “Concert in Motion” music video features the Aries Seat [VIDEO]

ETS hosts a ‘Concert in Motion’ with acclaimed musical talent Colleen Brown to showcase new commuter tools for ETS Trip Planner and Twitter.  Watch our Aries Seat make its first music video appearance!

Dec 21

Freedman Seating Co. Purchases Assets of Braun Seating | PRESS RELEASE

Announcing the purchase of Braun Seating by Freedman Seating Company, forming the new Freedman Mobility Seating (FMS).

Dec 14

More seating capacity: Company plans West Side expansion. | Crain’s Chicago

Freedman Seating Co. plans a 170,000-square-foot expansion of its headquarters and factory on the West Side, financing the project with $5.7 million in tax-exempt bonds.

Sep 23

Freedman introduces the new GO Seat at BusCon

Thinner, Customizable, Modular - the new Go Seat by Freedman Seating

Sep 8

Freedman Cares - Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 2011

Freedman Seating has signed up to walk and raise funds to support the American Cancer Society’s efforts to fight breast cancer.  We hope you will join our team or make a donation in support of our participation.

Jul 29

The NEW Shield Sport Seat

The new Shield Sport seat is available for order now.  Standard features include the LeMans adjustable armrest, 4 way adjustable lumbar and a 202A compliant headrest for head and neck support.

Jul 5

New 2nd Skins Slip Covers

Refresh your existing Freedman seats while saving time, money and labor.

Oct 30

S3 Sustainable Seating Solutions

Where transporation seating is one with the environment.  Check out our new sustainable seating solutions.

Aug 25

TDSS Retrofit Kits

We now offer TDSS retrofit kits. We have kits to work with either “L” track fittings or Slide N’ Click fittings.

Mar 8

Bringing an outsider into family firm. | Crain’s Chicago

Robert L. Anoff was eager to become the operations manager at Freedman Seating Co., a four-generation firm in Chicago.