Sauder Worship Featured on Manufacturing Marvels

Sauder® Worship Seating is now among the featured podcasts produced and presented by Manufacturing Marvels®, the broadcast company that focuses on “Made in the USA” products and their manufacturers. The two-minute video was shot on location at the Sauder Manufacturing Co. facility in Archbold, Ohio, and narrated by nationally acclaimed voice talent and former news anchor John Criswell. The education- and promotion-oriented piece aired November 5, 2014, on the Fox Business Network and provides a sleek summary of the Worship Seating processes in design and manufacturing. The video highlights Sauder’s 75-year history and focus on quality materials, design innovations, manufacturing processes, environmental stewardship, and customer-driven sales and service.

About Manufacturing Marvels:
Manufacturing Marvels airs on The Fox Business Network® at approximately 8:30pm CST and is produced by award-winning producers Bob and Jerry May and directed by award-winning director Bryan McCullough. The two-minute podcasts spotlight American manufacturers, their products, as well as the companies’ processes and customers. The Mays have produced over 2000 company profiles for broadcast on National, Regional and Local Stations including Fox, CNBC, MSNBC, Headline News, The Family Channel, Discovery Networks, The Travel Channel, USA Network and many others. More information is available at

About Sauder Worship Seating:
Sauder Worship Seating, a wholly owned entity of Sauder Manufacturing Co., began in the 1930s in northwest Ohio with small, custom orders for worship seating. The company’s reputation for handcrafted, top quality work became its springboard for expansion as increasing needs and changing church trends prompted the Sauder family to introduce new seating solutions and worship accessories. Today, Sauder Worship Seating blends skilled craftsmen, modern technology, and quality materials to create some of the world’s best congregational seating.

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The Softer Side of Radiance

With the launch of our all-wood curved pew to the Catholic market in April 2013, we were aware that the desire for curved pews was not limited to an all-wood product. By listening to the style and comfort needs of the unique congregations we work with, we knew the addition of upholstery to our curved pew offering was essential.

As a result extensive research and development, including comfort trials and strength testing,  we are pleased to launch our new upholstered seat curved pew body #301-4198. This new product is the next phase in our line of Radiance curved pews, and is now available for order.

Radiance curved pews offer the following features and benefits:

  • New upholstered seat option features contoured foam, providing extra support at critical pressure points
  • True concentric radius layout allows seating to become a stunning design feature, accenting the building’s architecture
  • Each solid wood support is anchored to the floor for added stability
  • Back, seat and cap are routed into the end, providing strength and a finished look
  • Cap tongue-and-groove runs full length of back for strength and durability

Ordering & Options

  • Available with all standard ends and our full line of accessories
  • Each pew is made-to-order with infinitely variable concentric radii
  • Choose from 8 standard wood species and 12 finish colors; upholstered seat is available in a wide variety of fabric patterns & colors

For more information on Radiance: Product Page |  Download Flyer  |  Find a Rep

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Seating Layout Assistance

Do you need assistance or guidance with your seating plan?  Whether you are considering pews, chairs or auditorium seats, the CAD department at Sauder Worship Seating has the expertise to develop a layout that is uniquely yours.  Sauder uses the “International Building Code” to produce your plan and will provide you with an actual capacity based on seat widths of 18” up to 26” per person if you are purchasing pews.  A total number of seats will be shown if chairs or auditorium seats are selected.

Your Sauder rep will go over guidelines with you or your architect to formulate a plan based on the type of product desired, seating capacity, aisle widths, back to back spacing and traffic patterns.  Call or email your local Sauder rep to get started.

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Job Posting: Sales, New England

Independent Furniture Sales Representative
We are in search of a Multi-Line Independent Sales professional to cover the New England territory for Sauder Worship Seating  (CT, RI, MA, ME, NH, VT). We are looking for individuals that have furniture industry experience working with Architectural Firms, Designers, GCs, Liturgical Consultants and/or the Religious Community. This is an independent commission-based position representing the leading church furniture company in the United States.

Desired Skills & Experience
The qualified candidate should have sales and customer service experience, territory sales management background and excellent communication skills. Proficiency in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel is very important. This individual should be self-motivated and have a desire to service the church community. The ability to travel throughout the New England territory to meet with potential customers is necessary.

Company Description
Sauder Worship Seating is the leading supplier of church and worship furniture in North America. Over 35,000 congregations have entrusted us to provide them with seating for their worship facilities. We bring skilled craftsmanship and modern technology to our customers to provide unmatched creativity, quality, and value.

Additional Information
Salary:  Commission based
Position Type:  Full Time, Independent

If you are interested in applying for this position, please send a cover letter and resumé to, or click here to apply online via LinkedIn.

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Current Job Postings

Sauder Worship Seating is currently looking to fill the following Sales position:

Multi-Line Independent Sales professional to cover the New England territory for Sauder Worship Seating  (CT, RI, MA, ME, NH, VT). Click here to see the full job description.

If you are interested in applying for either of these positions, please send a cover letter and resumé to

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Personalized Pew Ends

Castleview BaptistIf you are looking to give your worship space a style as unique as the congregation it serves, Sauder® Worship Seating gives you the opportunity to create a one-of-a-kind pew end that is distinctive to your church or synagogue. Working within a set of guidelines provided by your Sauder sales rep, you or your architect can design a pew end that is solely yours.

Whether your style is contemporary, traditional, colonial or Gothic – your personalized pew ends will be manufactured to the same exact standards as Sauder standard end designs. You may choose from a wide selection of standard edge molds and even have a custom symbol routed into your end panel. Select your wood specie from Northern red and white oak, cherry, maple, African mahogany and black walnut. Rift-sawn Northern red and white oak are also available. Call or email for  information on how we can help you turn your ideas into reality.

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Resources for Radiance Curved Pews

The past few weeks have been an exciting time for Sauder Worship Seating, as we have conducted over 8 weeks of pre-launch activities in preparation for the production launch of our new line of curved pews. We sent a three-phase campaign to over 500 industry contacts to generate interest in and anticipation of the new product, brought our 23 seasoned national sales representatives to our Archbold plant for hands-on product training, and revealed the new product at the 2013 Conference for Catholic Facility Management in Seattle, WA, bringing a flurry of activity to our booth space.

With the pre-launch activities complete, we now have full capabilities to quote and produce curved pew projects in our standard lead time. Sauder Worship sales representatives are armed with Radiance Curved Pew product samples and support materials, and  are actively making in-person product demonstrations all across the country.

There are several available ways to get more information about Radiance Curved Pews:

  • Visit the product page on the Sauder Worship website to view  product details or download the Radiance Curved Pews Brochure and other literature resources
  • View the University of Saint Francis case study on the Sauder Worship Seating Blog
  • Use the “Locate a Rep” tool on our home page to contact a local Sauder representative to schedule an in-person product demonstration
  • Follow Sauder Worship Seating on Facebook and LinkedIn


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Case Study: The University of Saint Francis in Ft. Wayne, IN

The University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, Indiana, became a Sauder customer in 1990 with their purchase of over 100 OakLok chairs. Over the years, additional chairs were added to the space, but in 2012 they decided to transition to a fixed seating layout. With the help of our experienced CAD designers, the university decided on a 3-bank radius pew layout that fits perfectly in the space, enhancing the sense of community and engagement the students and faculty feel when worshiping together.

Project Details:
Wood Specie: Plain Sliced Red Oak
Finish Color: #74 Amber
Pew Body: #301-4192; Solid contoured bent wood seat, plywood veneer curved back
Pew End:#302-4109; Solid flitch-glued end with custom routed symbol
Accessories: Back-mounted and under-seat bookracks, kneelers

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Sauder Worship Seating Introduces New Radiance Curved Pews

ARCHBOLD, OH – Sauder® Worship Seating is pleased to introduce RadianceTM curved pews, a new line of radius hardwood worship seating. Radiance is Sauder’s debut into the curved pew market and the direct result of extensive research and design based on architect, designer, and voice-of-customer influences. Sauder Worship Seating is internationally recognized as one of the United States’ oldest and foremost design-manufacturing firms for worship furniture and is considered a premier resource for innovative seating products.

Radiance pews are custom-manufactured to exact location specifications; the curve of each pew is calculated and engineered to the precise concentric radius required for the worship space. Radiance pews feature the company’s unique ergonomic seat contour and the same 25-year warranty as Sauder’s straight pews. Seats are constructed of solid hardwood staves for enduring support and natural aesthetics; and by design, pew backs are crafted of bent, solid-wood plywood with real wood veneer, creating improved structural integrity without splitting or warping that is common in curved plank back construction.

Sauder Worship Seating provides complementary design and project services, including CAD-driven space planning and layouts, seating consultation, and complete project management from planning through installation. The new Radiance line is strategically versatile to coordinate with a full line of accessories and is available in our 8 standard wood species and 11 finish colors.

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