Strapworks.com Welcomes Visit from Congressman DeFazio to Newly Completed Global Headquarters

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Eugene, OR — December 7, 2013 — The excitement employees of Strapworks.com felt in September when the company completed Strapworks.com Global Industrial Plaza reached a peak last month when Congressman DeFazio, representing the 4th District of Oregon in the U.S. Congress, toured the new global headquarters to witness firsthand the growth that Strapworks.com has been experiencing. As one of the fastest growing manufacturers in Oregon, Strapworks.com is providing U.S.-based jobs in the age of offshore outsourcing. President and co-owner Douglas Foster remarked that he was excited to share that commitment with the congressman on his visit. “Being able to add new jobs in a slow economy is a big feat,” he explained, “and we were proud to be able to discuss this with Congressman DeFazio as he toured the building.” The building itself is 30,000 square feet, marking a major change from the 8,000 square foot facility that Strapworks.com had previously occupied. Though the company had moved into that facility in 2009 with only 22 employees, it transitioned to the Global Industrial Plaza with 52 employees equating to an average of six to 10 employees added each year. Strapworks.com is currently on track to earn $5 million in revenue this year compared to its $4.2 million last year and is already planning to exceed $10 million within two years. Foster attributes part of his company’s growth to agreements with Amazon, Sears, Nascar, Big 12 Conference, and other major outlets. Recognition by the City of Eugene, the Eugene Chamber of Commerce, and Congressman DeFazio has only solidified Strapworks.com as a major vehicle for job growth in the state of Oregon. Foster reiterated, “We’re excited about the growth that Strapworks.com is experiencing, along with our new building and the opportunity to create new U.S.-based jobs that serve our community and our customers. Being able to share our growth with Congressman DeFazio was exciting because of our mutual commitment to providing opportunities for Oregonians.” Strapworks.com is a manufacturer and distributor of straps, buckles, cords, and related hardware. The new facility is located at 3900 W. 1st Avenue in Eugene, OR. To learn more about the company and its new headquarters, visit www.strapworks.com, call (541) 741-0658, or email support@strapworks.com. Company name: Strapworks.com Contact person: Douglas Foster Phone number: (541) 741-0658 Email: support@strapworks.com Website: www.strapworks.com

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Our Interview with Richard Prasad, Owner of Urban Sleep Store

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In this interview, Urban Sleep Store owner Richard Prasad explains what inspired him to start a business selling only the highest quality mattresses and sleep products. Please tell us about your company, Urban Sleep Store. Richard Prasad: We are a specialty mattress retailer focusing on offering unique sleep options for customers including organic, natural latex, and gel products. Why did you decide to focus on selling the more unique sleep options? Richard Prasad: After many years as a traditional mattress retailer I was driven to sell higher quality products because customers rarely knew what type of mattress they were buying and the harmful ramifications of that ignorance. For you personally, what is the biggest challenge when it comes to running your own business? Richard Prasad: Our biggest business challenge is competing from a marketing perspective with larger more established retailers in an expensive media market. We feel if customers knew about what we do and how we do it, they’d do business with us a larger percentage of the time versus our competition. I’m sure many other businesses feel the same way, but that drives us to get the word out quickly and aggressively as possible. For more than five years, Urban Sleep Store has been educating customers on the benefits of high quality mattresses and sleep products. If you are interested in learning more about this business and the specialty sleep products it provides, visit the Los Gatos, CA or Palo Alto, CA store or online at www.urbansleepstore.com

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