Response to Church Chair Industries’ Bankruptcy


Contact: Bruce Prock, Marketing (800) 647-7725 ext. 101

CHINO, CA. January 1, 2011 – Bertolini Sanctuary® Seating, a division of Bertolini Inc., announced today that they would take immediate and concerted action to assist nearly a thousand churches impacted by the chapter 11 bankruptcy filed by Church Chair Industries on November 12, 2010.

Upon review of the public documents related to Church Chair Industry’s filing it seems unlikely that churches who had placed deposits to order chairs before November 12, 2010 will ever receive their orders, nor will they likely receive much if any refund of their deposits. (See for public documents.)

The leadership team at Betolini is compelled to take action on these churches behalf. As a company, Bertolini is committed to serving the local church and is proactively assisting these churches.

Bertolini Sanctuary® Seating has made a commitment to assist these churches by offering to do the following:

1. Build a chair that closely matches the Design Stacker series offered by Church Chair or, if the church prefers, provide the church with a quality American-made Bertolini chair that will meet their facility needs.

2. Provide these churches expedited service so they receive their chairs quickly.

3. Offer these churches special payment terms to help ease the burden created by the potential loss of their deposit, and eliminate any felt risk.

Bertolini also invites anyone trying to reorder chairs previously built by CCI to call and request the above assistance in part or in whole.

Forward Looking Information

Any forward looking statements contained in this news release are based on current information and assumptions and represent the management’s best judgment at the present time. Changes in future market conditions are beyond the control of Bertolini’s management and may alter future strategies and responses by Bertolini Inc.

Background Information

Bertolini Inc. is the leading factory direct US manufacturer of premium stackable seating provided to you through service, integrity and relationship. Our church chair division, Bertolini Sanctuary® Seating, is the number one choice in pew stackers church chairs!

The Bertolini family started building premium seating nearly 50 years ago for such household names as Denny’s Restaurants, Radisson Hotels and Disneyland. Today Bertolini Inc. provides that same tradition of world-class quality in the most elegant, comfortable and durable stackable seating available. Combine such quality with a commitment to be the industry leader in innovation, unrivaled service, steadfast integrity, ongoing customer relationships and first class value, and it’s easy to see why you’ll find Bertolini stackable seating in such places as the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles, California, Without Walls International Ministries in Tampa, Florida, the Hyatt Regency in Deerfield, Illinois, the Seventh Day Adventist Conference Grounds in South Carolina, Skyline Wesleyan Church in San Diego, California, and the Sheraton Hotel in Brownsville, Texas.