SIC 2542 Office and Store Fixtures, Partitions, Shelving, and Lockers, Except Wood


SIC 2542

This category covers establishments primarily engaged in manufacturing office and store fixtures, shelving, storage racks, lockers, and related fabricated products, chiefly of materials other than wood. This industry also includes prefabricated partitions if they are designed to be attached to the floor; those designed to be free-standing or part of an office furniture panel system are instead classified in SIC 2522: Office Furniture, Except Wood. Establishments primarily engaged in manufacturing refrigerated cabinets, showcases, or display cases are classified in SIC 3585: Air-Conditioning and Warm Air Heating Equipment and Commercial and Industrial Refrigeration Equipment. Companies engaged in manufacturing safes and vaults are classified in SIC 3499: Fabricated Metal Products, Not Elsewhere Classified.



Showcase, Partition, Shelving, and Locker Manufacturing


The U.S. Census Bureau reported that, as of 2005, about 1,789 establishments were producing showcases, partitions, shelving, and lockers. However, the census did not distinguish between wood and non-wood products. The combined industry shipments were valued at $9.2 billion, produced by a workforce of more than 59,600.


Most companies in the partitions and fixtures industry were originally organized into divisions reflecting their potential customers. In general, they focused on assembling and retaining a staff of highly skilled woodworkers. Research and development, marketing, and customer support typically did not receive a high priority, especially among smaller firms. Even today, only the largest companies can afford in-house staffs to handle those responsibilities.

Manufacturers of partitions, shelving, and fixtures usually reach out to their markets by advertising in trade journals such as Restaurant Hospitality, Chain Store Age Executive, and other publications aimed at business owners and managers. They sell to a wide range of customers, including major wholesalers, contract hardware jobbers, display and fixture jobbers, specialty wholesalers, independent hardware distributors, export outlets, government agencies, original equipment manufacturers, national mass merchants, large home centers, and building supply outlets.


The growth of the metal partitions and fixtures industry in the United States was directly related to both the expansion of the retail segment of the economy and the development of new...

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