Welcome to the online home of Torrans Manufacturing Company and thank you for your interest in our enchanting line of Classic Outdoor Metal Lawn Furniture. Today, we manufacture a quality product that's in every way as good or better than those made by Post War Manufactures.
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A Quick Look At Who We Are
Torrans Manufacturing Company is owned and operated by Louis and Kathy Torrans in Jefferson, Texas. Shingles and crystal ware are long gone from the company catalog. In fact, we make just one kind of item, classic and traditional metal outdoor furniture of the type we all grew up with. These timeless designs are again available in a large array of colors and styles. Most of our chairs and gliders were designed by Ed Wormack of Fort Smith, Arkansas in the mid 1940’s. Ed is credited with having designed the first practical three piece lawn chair frame. Until then, they were mostly made from one single, long piece of tubing. Wormack and Company produced chairs for nearly all the large wholesale distributors along with chairs and gliders exclusively designed for Sears Roebuck & Company. Ed’s normal production rate was 500 chairs per hour!
Ed sold his company to two cousins, the Williams brothers and they operated the factory for about 15 years. In 1970, Flanders Industries, which later became Lloyd Flanders, bought out the Williams’ and produced basically the same furniture line for another sixteen years, ending in 1996. Six years latter in 2002, Torrans Manufacturing Company reintroduced this same line and today owns molds and tooling to produce five different styles of Metal Lawn Chairs and three Gliders. Chairs from Torrans Manufacturing Company are heavier and better built than even those of Mr. Wormack. In 1947, Ed advertised his chairs weighed 19 pounds. Those from Torrans weigh 20 pounds!
Torrans Manufacturing produces vintage correct stamped steel furniture to the same and in most instances better standards than many of the past manufacturers. Our furniture is not simple retro knockoffs made to look like the antique originals but are instead faithful continuations with only minor superficial changes. Parts used on our chairs and gliders directly exchange with many vintage examples. So much so that providing hardware, frames and other parts to people restoring antique pieces is now a growing part of our business.
We service traditional furniture retailers, hardware stores, garden and nursery centers, specialty merchants and a select list of online retailers. All of us here at Torrans Manufacturing Company, LLC take great pride in offering our customers only the best in vintage style lawn furniture meant to continue the tradition of informal backyard and front porch seating.