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Hanamint Corporation receives 2004 Georgia Backyard/American Backyard Manufacturer of the Year Award

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Award winning Georgia Backyard, Inc., parent of Georgia Backyard and American Backyard, one of America's leading specialty retailers of casual furniture and accessories for the home, has named Hanamint Corporation the recipient of the 2004 Georgia Backyard/American Backyard Manufacturer of the Year Award. “We are very proud to present this Award to Hanamint Corporation - a company that has earned our utmost respect and admiration,” states Dean Luckino, President and CEO of Georgia Backyard, Inc. Hanamint Corporation is a leading manufacturer of high-quality casual furniture for the outdoor market, with offices and distribution facilities in North Carolina and Nevada, and manufacturing facilities in Shanghai and Jiaxing, China. “Each year, we go to great lengths to identify the manufacturer most deserving of the Award," adds Luckino. “From CEO to receiving dock - everyone has a say. This is important because each employee has a unique perspective and experience set with our vendors. Consequently, the Award truly represents the collective opinion of the entire Georgia Backyard/American Backyard family.” Factors determining who receives the Award include product quality, design, product support, execution and delivery, product packaging, and sales performance. “It is energizing to partner with a manufacturer like Hanamint, who shares our commitment to business excellence, who exhibits a practical understanding of our affairs, and who is dedicated to an operating philosophy consistent with our mutual success. We extend our heartiest congratulations to Jim Lee and his dedicated team of professionals,” concludes Luckino. Founded in 1991, Atlanta based Georgia Backyard, Inc. operates 5 Georgia Backyard stores in the greater Atlanta area, and an American Backyard store in Plano, Texas. Georgia Backyard, Inc. is widely recognized as an industry leader and is the recipient of many industry awards, including the prestigious Grand Apollo Award for business excellence, Casual Living Magazine's Most Stylish Retailer Award, and recognition by numerous manufacturers for dedication and commitment to the casual furniture industry.

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