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Leader International Corporation is the parent company of Leader Manufacturing, Inc., its manufacturing subsidiary, and HFS, Inc., a finance subsidiary. Since 1981 Leader has enjoyed manufacturing success in a variety of markets with emphasis on high-end product design and fabrication, and a sales model that focuses on direct selling its products to the end customer.

Leader Manufacturing is involved in new product design, steel fabrication & manufacturing and distribution of third-party products through three divisions: FairWeather Site Furnishings, LED Accent Lighting & Cara Designs. These products include:

  • Commercial and institutional indoor & outdoor site furniture and amenities
  • Decorative castings (such as trench and tree grates, manhole covers, etc.)
  • LED outdoor accent lighting (lighted bollards, pathway lights, marine power pedestals, etc.)
  • Retail fixtures and displays (point-of-purchase lobby and counter-top displays, mirrors, etc.)

Leader is known worldwide for its high quality, cost effective and highly efficient products. The company develops products to meet the demands in two separate and distinct "niche" markets. From corporate, government, architectural and construction demand for commercial & institutional site furnishings to retail store demand for fixtures and displays, Leader provides quality products to these markets.

FairWeather Site Furnishings & LED Accent Lighting

Leader purchased FairWeather Site Furnishings, the commercial and institutional site furniture division, in August of 1999. This division has seen explosive growth throughout its more than 25-year history. Since Leader purchased FairWeather, its sales have grown six-fold. The FairWeather division produces commercial quality benches, trash receptacles, ash urns, planters, picnic tables, bike racks, bollards and dozens of other sitescape products. FairWeather also has an exclusive distribution contract with Olympic Foundry, Inc. to distribute their tree and trench grates, tree guards, manhole covers and other decorative castings.

Recently, the company invented a new line of LED lighted products and has filed for U.S. and Canadian design and utility patents on dozens of products. These unique and inventive new products should fuel substantial growth for the company until the end of the decade. These products will be sold exclusively through the FairWeather Site Furnishings division.

Cara Designs

Leader's other division was started in-house in 1997 under the brand name Cara Designs. An opportunity was presented to the company to design and produce a unique lobby stand for one of the world's largest jewelry chain stores, Kay Jewelers. From this first venture into retail fixtures and displays, the company has added counter-top displays, counter-top mirrors, accessory displays and a full line of hospitality and restaurant displays. Cara's customers represent some of the most respected names in corporate America: Aramark and Hubert in the food service business; Sterling, Inc. (Jared, Kay, Friedlander), Tiffany & Co., Ben Bridge and Ultra to name a few in the jewelry industry; DOC and Pearle Vision in the optical/eyeglass business and many others.

Our capabilities

The company's manufacturing capability is very unique. Through its self-contained laser cutting equipment, wood, welding, fabrication, tooling, and machine shops; its CAD equipped engineering department; and its electrical and assembly departments, the company has the capacity to expand its operations into the manufacturing of custom, consumer and specialty products. To diversify the company's product base and expand sales, Leader is expanding product manufacturing beyond its current divisions to take advantage of its unique production capabilities.

Our management team

The company's management team is highly regarded in the markets it serves. With more than 150 years of combined experience, this team of highly competitive and talented individuals is eager to expand operations. The company's president and CEO has 33 years of experience operating business start-ups and management turnarounds in the securities, real estate, advertising and manufacturing industries ranging in size from $200,000 to $28 million and has served on the boards of numerous professional associations, foundations and companies. The VP Administration and Controller combine their more than 55 years of hands on experience to manage our personnel, accounting and information systems while our sales and marketing executives combine more than 50 years of experience. Our engineering team adds depth in systems management to assure a smooth transition from sale to finished product. Our IT and in-house graphics departments add depth and agility in keeping pace with fast-paced market and IT platform changes. The company holds numerous patents and registered trademarks for its products.


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