Author: Robert Creenan
One of the things that Buffalo is known for is its various ties to the American presidency. Millard Fillmore was born here. Grover Cleveland served as our mayor. William McKinley was assassinated and his successor, Theodore Roosevelt, was sworn in during the famous Pan-American Exposition of 1901.
Buffalo’s current ties to the Presidency might not be as well known as those other monumental links, but are deeply important nonetheless. Kittinger Furniture, based in Williamsville, has been supplying furniture for the White House since 1970, when they began supplying chairs for most of the offices in the West Wing.
Their latest project involves manufacturing new chairs for the Roosevelt Room, which are made entirely in their WNY manufacturing facility. A little known fact is that the leather upholstery used to make the chairs is supplied by Garrett Leather, another Buffalo based company.
At this moment, the chairs are being prepared for shipping. They will head to Washington on February 4.
Kittinger Furniture is an iconic WNY artisanal furniture manufacturer that is world renowned. This city couldn’t ask for a better ambassador. The company is in the business of creating stunning, handsome, top of the line furniture that is fit for a king… or a President as the case may be.
Some day, it would be a welcome site to see a Kittinger Furniture showroom in Downtown Buffalo. Hopefully a motivated building owner or developer would keep this company in mind when it thinks about all of the potential that sits on our doorstep. Can you imagine walking down Main Street and seeing a Kittinger presence? Now that would be the retail icing on the cake, and would send an even greater signal that this city is coming full circle.