Salamander Continues Push into Commercial Markets with New Products and Return to InfoComm

Salamander Designs is excited to be exhibiting at InfoComm 2016 in Las Vegas June 8th through 10th. InfoComm is the largest pro-AV show in the world with over 35,000 in attendance. The event features the latest technologies for audio, video, display, projection, lighting and staging, digital signage, conferencing, digital content creation, networking, signal distribution and much more.

We are proud to showcase our latest innovations, happy to meet new people who want to learn more about Salamander and our products, and excited to see how technology has advanced year to year. Technology in the workplace moves at a rapid pace, and we’re proud to keep up with the latest in technology.

This year, we will be showcasing new, innovative products, like our new FPS Series display stands for interactive touchscreen products such as the Microsoft Surface Hub 55 “ & 84” and other VESA-compliant displays, that enhance the collaborative workplace environment, with a keen understanding of challenges faced by integrators and installers.

Other demonstrations of products we will have this year include items like our Pull-Out Rack Cartridge, which gives professional integrators a solution for applications posing extremely difficult challenges when trying to access the rear of equipment and our Customizable AV cabinets, innovative carts/stands, mobile/fixed teleconferencing solutions, luxurious lounge seating and advanced accessories. All furniture is built-to-order in the USA, made from the highest quality materials and designed around your project requirements.

While at InfoComm, please stop by our booth (#N-2533) for a personal demonstration of products that like our Motorized Stands, Customizable AV Cabinets, Pull Out Rack Cartridge, mobile/fixed teleconferencing solutions, luxurious lounge seating and advanced accessories.

To schedule a meeting at InfoComm or a design consultation, contact Michael Benedetto at 860-761-9503 or email, m.benedetto@salamanderdesigns.com.

 

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Salamander Expands Lead as Top AV Furniture Brand – CE Pro

The 2015 CE Pro 100 Brand Analysis is out, and we’re extremely pleased to share that for the seventh consecutive year, Salamander has been named the top AV furniture brand in this annual report by CE Pro Magazine. In addition a significantly expanded lead in the furniture category, we ranked third in home entertainment seating. If you’re a Salamander customer or dealer, thank you! You helped us achieve this important designation from one of the most respected trade publications in our industry.

Top AV Furniture Brand CEPro100The numbers associated with each manufacturer reflect the number of CE Pro 100 dealers using that brand.  These numbers are closely watched, according to CE Pro, “because these are the most successful companies in the industry”. Many professional integrators look to the brands that are being used by these companies as a signal of success.

About CE Pro

CE Pro magazine is the leading trade publication for professionals involved in the custom electronics business. Its readers specify and sell technology-related products to homeowners, homebuilders and SMB (small/medium business) owners. Formerly a monthly magazine, CE Pro is now published and distributed 17 times per year. Launched in 1994, CE Pro was the first publication to address the home systems integrator channel and is widely recognized as the best publication in the category.

About Salamander

Salamander Designs is a leading manufacturer of premium quality, highly customizable furniture for residential and commercial audio/video integration. Our premium, custom AV furniture lines include the Chameleon Collection, Archetype System, Synergy System and theater/lounge seating solutions. We also make a wide variety of accessory products that enhance and complement our furniture. Most products are built to order in the USA and quick ship within days. Our AV Basics line offers a pre-configured, high quality selection of value-packed cabinets and seating producs. Contact us online or call (888) 650-5289. International callers, dial (860) 761-9500.

 

New Salamander Product Reference Guide Now Available

Salamander Designs 2015 Product Reference GuideBack by popular demand! We are pleased to announce that our 2015 Salamander Product Reference Guide, featuring all of our AV furniture products and accessories, is now available for download and viewing. This attractive digital catalogue features full color images and full product specs – everything you need to know about our extensive line of top quality, performance-enhancing AV furniture solutions.

Browse everything we offer, from premium custom furniture lines like the stylish Chameleon Collection, highly configurable Synergy System, modular Archetype shelving system and luxurious home theater seating (Talia, Matteo, Alex, Olivia). We’ve also included our new AV Basics line of AV cabinets and entertainment seating –  high quality, pre-configured products with a lower price point than our custom lines.

To view our new 2015 Product Reference Guide, clck here for a downloadable PDF version. We also offer a special iPad friendly download. Enjoy! And if you have any questions about the products we offer, don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions. Want to locate a Salamander dealer near you? Visit our ‘Where to Buy‘ dealer locator page.

Note to Salamander dealers: contact your local Sales Rep to receive a physical copy of the new Reference Guide.

Why Congress Must Renew Trade-Promotion Authority

Trade Protection AuthorityThis Op-ed by Salamander Founder/President Sal Carrabba appeared first in the Consumer Electronic Association (CEA) blog.

It’s no coincidence that the House Manufacturing Caucus is one of the largest, most bipartisan groups in Congress. With nearly 100 members, representing districts both rural and urban, the caucus has as its mission helping U.S. manufacturers compete fairly with foreign competitors. Congressional action could further advance important trade deals that would grow U.S. exports and create both jobs and wealth for American workers.

Needless to say, it’s disappointing that Connecticut’s two senators, Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, voted against a measure that would give the Obama administration greater latitude in negotiating trade pacts with other countries. Ultimately, the bill passed in the Senate with bipartisan support. Now, as debate on TPA moves to the House, we, a small Connecticut manufacturer and employer, urge our representatives to follow the lead of Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT), who in early June announced his support for trade-promotion authority.

Trade sustains and supports more than 40 million U.S. jobs. Today, about 95 percent of the world’s population lives outside the United States, and more than 80 percent of the world’s purchasing power resides with consumers abroad – those living beyond our borders. To truly compete and thrive in the 21st century, American business and workers have to succeed in the global marketplace.

The expansion of the global supply chain and growth of the digital economy mean small- and medium-sized businesses in the U.S. now have an opportunity to reach a global audience – provided we have fair and open trade agreements. We need new trade agreements in place that give U.S. companies unfettered access to the global marketplace.

At Salamander Designs, we are continually looking for new opportunities to expand the scope of our business. New technologies are enabling us to reach out to an expansive pool of potential customers and create new partnerships across the globe. We see international growth as a key component of our manufacturing and sales-growth strategy moving forward.

Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-OH), a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, notes that every $1 billion in exports creates more than 50,000 jobs. Be it on farms or in factories, with products ranging from food and pharmaceuticals to sporting goods and consumer electronics, trade not only creates jobs, but also supports higher wages and drives economic growth.

If we have easier access to new markets, we will be able to expand our business faster, and as a leading AV furniture brand in the U.S., this means that additional U.S. jobs will be created in our Connecticut factory to support more rapid expansion. It also means new opportunities, including jobs, for our network of partner businesses in the U.S.

Underscoring the importance of accessing foreign markets, Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker recently noted that U.S. exports to free-market partner countries rose more than 4 percent in 2013 to $765 billion, and U.S. exports to more than 200 countries around the world were valued at $2.3 trillion. But as impressive as those numbers are, U.S. exports could grow even more if Congress can overcome the obstructionists and reauthorize trade-promotion authority (TPA) legislation.

TPA, also known as fast-track negotiating authority, gives the president the power to negotiate international agreements that Congress can vote up or down, but cannot amend. Congress allowed the last such grant of TPA to lapse in 2007 as a result of partisan politics. Since then, more than 100 trade deals have been put into force worldwide. The Obama administration has been seeking TPA’s congressional reauthorization since 2012; for the U.S. to remain a global leader, the time has come for Congress to pass this bipartisan trade effort.

Moreover, the TPA package includes modernized language that reflects the realities of the digital economy and Internet. By clarifying the intention that trade should foster balanced copyright, future trade agreements will now also help ensure a robust growth of the Internet.

We implore Congress, and especially our representatives from Connecticut, to do everything possible to enable and spur more international trade opportunities. Businesses like ours play a major role in our country’s economic engine. While we are relatively modest in size at the moment, we aim to grow much larger; and we can accomplish this through trade. We strive each day to make the American dream of success through hard work a bigger and more impactful reality for our employees, future employees, their families, and business partners – both here and abroad.

A vote on the TPA bill vote is happening tomorrow in the U.S. House of Representatives. This critical job-creating legislation faces a tough battle in the House. Please take action to urge your representative to support free trade and an updated framework that recognizes today’s digital economy.

~ Salvatore Carrabba is founder and president of Salamander Designs, a Bloomfield, Conn.-based maker of highly customizable audio-video furniture for home and office.

Sustainable Salamander – Earth Day 2015

Green Salamander logoWith this being Earth Day, we wanted to share a bit about our passion for sustainability and how it’s woven into the Salamander DNA. We build things to last a lifetime. And we strive to tread lightly on our environment, from the furniture materials we select, to the manufacturing processes we employ, to the fact that our factory runs completely on solar generated power.

sustainable furnishings council member Over the past year, the photovoltaic solar cells on our roof have generated some 174,340 kilowatt hours of power. That’s enough clean energy to equal almost 1,000 60-watt light bulbs (1 year of use, 8 hours per day), 125 tons of CO2 eliminated, or 14,120 gallons of gas saved. Technically, we’re still connected to the grid, as we purchase power from the utility company at night and on cloudy days. However, on sunny days and when usage is low, we  send power back to the grid, and over a year the net is zero.

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You’ve most likely heard of the three “R’s of going green” (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle). We’d like to show you what that means to the environment when you purchase a Salamander product. Visit our Sustainable Salamander page to learn more!

Elevating The Furniture Experience – AV Dealers

For six years running, Salamander has led the furniture category in the CE Pro 100, with more leading CE dealers and integrators choosing to partner with us than any other AV furniture brand.

Elevating Custom

Salamander custom seating configurator Our premium media cabinets and seating offer nearly unlimited customization options, so your customers can have  furniture that fits their exact needs and style preferences. And our Custom Configurators offer a quick and simple Design Your Own process.

Elevating Quality

Lifetime guaranteeNobody builds furniture like we do. The finest materials and cutting-edge constuction methods are utilized to achieve a perfect balance of function, durability, comfort and style. All of our USA made, built-to-order furniture is backed by a lifetime guarantee.

Elevating Service

Salamander serviceA dedicated service team is eager to help you find the right solutions for your customers. Experienced, local sales reps offer additional training and support. Swatches, brochures, signage and generous  demo discounts are offered to support your sales process.

Elevating Value

Furniture is an important category, often overlooked by AV dealers. By offering Salamander furniture, you’ll be providing your customers with a more complete range of solutions, while expanding opportunities to grow your business and bottom line. Find out more information, and how to Partner With Us!

Elevating The Furniture Experience – Audiophiles

Elevating Performance

Salamander High Performance AV FurnitureOur professional grade products are engineered to enhance the AV experience,  designed to integrate seamlessly with the latest technology, and are backed by a Lifetime Warranty. Audiophiles will appreciate the way our heavy weight cabinets and racks reduce resonance and offer sturdy support for equipment.

Archetype neoprene gasketsWe’re obsessed with attention to detail, like the Neoprene rubber gaskets we selected for Archetype audio and amplifier stands. We decided on 80 durometer hardness for a perfect balance of strength and vibration damping, to help improve sonic performance by isolating components from vibration. To keep components from overheating, our open architecture products enable natural venting, and active cooling is an option with enclosed cabinets. View the wide variety of accessories we offer to help elevate your audio/AV experience, and provide a highly customizable furniture solution to meet your exact needs.

Download or request a printed brochure of any Salamander products. Find the nearest dealer showroom here.

Elevating Choice & Style

Archetype open architecture audio standsBased on your individual system needs and style preferences, choose from an extensive product range of furniture configurations and applications that support audio components. Whether a fan of open architecture shelving systems, or handsome cabinets built on an aluminum chassis with real hardwoods and rich finishes, Salamander has the perfect solution for you.

  • Pro Audio Solutions – Synergy is a fully modular system with a virtually limitless number of configurations, and extensive choice of accessories. Chameleon is all about style, with sophisticated designs to fit almost any decor. Styles range from contemporary to traditional, each available in up to 20 configurations.
  • Open Racks & Stands – The open architecture of our Archetype and Synergy stands are perfect for showing off your gear, allow easy access to componenets and provide great airflow.
  • Pro Audio Accessories – Allow you to further enhance cabinet functionality and performance … and add 19″ Pro Audio Rack mount componnets to most Salamander cabinets.

Elevating Comfort

Salamander Alex Media SeatingThe right seating can truly enhance your audio listening enjoyment. Take the Alex, by Salamander Designs. The low seat back enables a full surround sound experience, making it the perfect audiophile listening chair. Each of our custom entertainment chairs is constructed with the highest degree of strength, style and support. View Alex and other premium seating collections, and try our Custom Seating Configurator.

Questions? Contact us … and our customer experience staff will be happy to help you.

Elevating The Furniture Experience – Media Cabinets & Entertainment Seating

Elevating Style

Chameleon Collection AV CabinetThe Chameleon Collection of AV cabinets offers an evocative selection of sophisticated designs and decorator styles – including deep textured options – to enhance any decor. These customizable media consoles confidently express the fusion of art and technology. View the entire collection.

Download or request a printed brochure of any Salamander products. Find the nearest dealer showroom here.

Elevating Choice

Synergy System cabinetSynergy System takes the concept of customization to the highest level. This fully modular system allows you to define an attractive, highly personalized piece of furniture that can handle any combination of electronic gear and technology. See all Synergy cabinets and design your own solution with our DYO Synergy Configurator.

Elevating Comfort

Premium Talia Theater SeatingEntertainment seating is a critical element for any media room. Each of our custom home theater chairs is constructed with the highest degree of strength, style and support. Superior ergonomic engineering and luxurious covering options ensure optimal comfort throughout the longest double feature. See all premium seating collections and try our Custom Seating Configurator.

Elevating Performance

Salamander High Performance AV FurnitureOur professional grade products are engineered to enhance the AV experience, and designed to integrate seamlessly with the latest technology. Custom seating offers fully-adjustable, quiet, wall-away motorized reclining mechanisms. At the heart of each custom cabinet is a unique aluminum chassis that provides a strong and flexible furniture platform. From active cooling to IR repeaters, cable management to multi-media storage and much more, you’ll love the way our furniture performs. See the wide variety of accessories we offer.

Elevating Value 

AV Basics by Salamander DesignsIntroducing AV Basics by Salamander. This stylish, high-quality line of media cabinets and chairs provides an alternative price point to our premium, highly customizable furniture. Thoughtfully designed and packed with performance-enhancing features, AV Basics arrives at your door fully assembled. View the entire line of consoles and home theater seating.

Questions? Contact us … and our customer experience staff will be happy to help you.