Lockdowel's New Fastener System Eases Rising Freight Costs for Furniture Manufacturers

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Lockdowel's new snap lock fastener system significantly reduces shipping costs for casegood manufacturers.

Lockdowel Corporation, a leading innovator of hardware fasteners, today announced that the company’s new patent pending technology for snap lock furniture is drastically reducing freight costs for pre-assembled casegood furniture manufacturers by allowing the ability to flat pack without sacrificing the look and quality of construction. Freight costs have risen a third time in only six months adding four hundred to eight hundred dollars in shipment fees for each forty foot container.

Lockdowel’s new pre-installed snap lock fasteners provide manufacturers the ability to ship 5 to 6 times more furniture in each container. This can drastically reduce shipping costs and increase inventory for retailers-allowing them to assemble furniture at the point of sale.

“Furniture manufacturers continue to have profit margins cut by continuous increases to freight costs and there is rising concern of how manufacturers will be able to absorb these costs especially while the economy continues to suffer,” said Lockdowel CEO, Fred Koelling. “As it stands, shipping accounts for 20 percent of manufacturing costs. Lockdowel’s new assembly system relieves 80 percent of these costs by providing the ability to ship 5 to 6 times more furniture per container without compromising construction quality.”

Lockdowel’s pre-installed hardware gives installers the ability to quickly snap lock furniture without the need of instruction manuals or tools. Once installed, Lockdowel’s new fasteners have no visible hardware, no missing parts and strong, sturdy joints that don’t loosen over time. Lockdowel fasteners have successfully reached pull strengths that range by product from 120 to more than 200 pounds. Assembly time is reduced by 80-90 percent over traditional cam-lock construction.

For more information visit http://www.lockdowel.com or contact the company directly at 650-477-7112.

About the Lock Dowel Company
The Lock Dowel Company was founded in 2005 to produce and market a new line of "plug in" surf fins. In 2006 the company filed additional patent applications for a novel athletic shoe cleat system using the company's core intellectual property in it's design. It was recognized that the same technology could significantly improve the methods used to assemble and connect furniture with greater simplicity and tremendous joint strength for use in the furniture market. The company continues to develop new connection technologies for many targeted industries where it is believed the technology can add value by increasing functionality and reducing assembly costs.

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