Balsam Hill Christmas Tree Company Discovers Commercial Possibilities of Artificial Christmas Trees

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Hotels, restaurants, office buildings, shopping malls and television studios are going artificial to take advantage of the safety, convenience, and evergreen appearance of artificial trees.

based Balsam Hill™ Christmas Tree Company, maker of premium artificial Christmas trees, wreaths and garlands, has found increasing popularity for its trees from an unlikely source: commercial spaces.

"Being a consumer-oriented company, we were surprised by the level of interest from offices, hotels, restaurants and shopping malls this year," says Thomas Harman, CEO of Balsam Hill. Harman attributes the spike in popularity to a number of factors that seem to appeal directly to commercial space operators and managers.

"For one, Balsam Hill trees have our exclusive True Needle™ technology, which helps them look absolutely real and projects real authenticity and festiveness to any holiday visitor," Harman says. "Also, our trees look real for the entire two or three months of the holiday season, giving them a distinct advantage over the real thing, which obviously loses its luster over time. Finally, our trees are non-allergenic, flame-retardant, require no watering or needle cleanup, and they last for years. Known as pre-lit artificial Christmas trees, you don't have to worry about stringing lights. These are all practical, low-maintenance reasons why commercial spaces seem to prefer them."

Increasing observance of fire and safety codes -- as well as consumer allergies -- has caused many commercial buildings to reconsider the use of traditional Christmas trees in public spaces. "Real trees are flammable, they carry pollen, they're deciduous, and they're dead when you take them off the lot," noted building manager Kelly Olson of San Francisco. "We chose a Balsam Hill artificial tree last year for all those reasons, plus we will be able to use it next year, which you can't do with a real tree."

In addition to commercial spaces, Mr. Harman pointed out that Balsam Hill's trees had been featured on both the Ellen DeGeneres Show and the Megan Mullally Show during the holiday season in 2006, as well as on regional morning news programs in Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota, Georgia and Texas.

About Balsam Hill™ Christmas Tree Company
Balsam Hill™, based in Redwood City, California, was founded on the premise that artificial Christmas trees should look real. Balsam Hill offers premium artificial trees, wreaths and garlands that blend real artistry and craftsmanship with an appreciation of nature to create a more festive holiday tree experience.

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