The Plant Professionals
16886 Turner Street
Lansing, MI 48906
Fax: (517) 327-0299
8 a.m.- 5 p.m. M-F
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Christmas is Coming!Holiday décor is always an exciting part of my July trip to Cleveland, Ohio. Autograph Foliages, a key supplier for faux foliage, is also an industry leader in artificial holiday materials. Trees, wreaths and garlands, as well as thousands of sparkly and bright items to decorate them with, fill several galleries in their warehouse showrooms. I schedule my tour in advance to be sure an experienced designer will be my guide, so my many questions will be answered.
I love to walk through with my design specialist, comparing the shades of color, fullness, brightness and pliability of the many items. How many heights does this new tree style come in? Are there several sizes of wreath and garland options to coordinate? Now that my specialist actually travels to China twice a year to be part of the design process at the manufacturing level, I can have information ahead of the curve as to what is coming as much as a year ahead.
The range of colors of Glittered Bay Leaf Spray, and Beaded Balls is amazing, and every year, a host of new introductions spark new theme ideas and possibilities for our existing customers and new projects as well. Nearly every project we do features custom design. We have to be familiar with several suppliers’ full product lines, so that we can bring together the right shades, shapes and textures to create a look that fits the space and the client perfectly. We like to create sample swag for a new project to illustrate how the elements might look together.
July is typically when the containers of décor begin to arrive from the Pacific Rim to stock the wholesale warehouses. It has been interesting over the years to watch how the industry has moved from country to country and region to region. As you can imagine, working with plastic molding machinery and fabric, glitter and glue in factories without climate controls is tiring, uncomfortable work.
As an area becomes further developed and wages begin to rise, the simpler manufacturing processes move on as factory owners seek to preserve margins, either moving their company or converting their operation to something more specialized with higher margins. The U.S.A., of course, continues to be the largest importer of these goods. We love Christmas!
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