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Mr. Ben Nielsen

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Owner

Cambridge of California
1656 West 134Th Street
Gardena, California 90249
United States

Company Description: Cambridge of California - Gardena, CA. Fine furniture...when only the best will do. Leave Blank
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Ben Nielsen, owner of ...
www.denverpost.com, 28 Dec 2013 [cached]
Ben Nielsen, owner of Cambridge of California, a small upholstery manufacturer in Gardena, tried to benefit from NAFTA by purchasing parts from Mexican manufacturers.
His efforts failed.
"We have tried on several occasions," Nielsen said. "I have been to Mexico, Guadalajara, Tijuana, to try to do stuff down there. The dependability of manufacturing in Mexico is not up to our standards. We can't depend on them."
On one occasion, Nielsen said, he ordered samples from a Mexican upholstery manufacturer, but "when the samples came in they weren't even close to what we ordered."
Another time, Nielsen placed a large order for carved oak trim legs that was supposed to arrive in four weeks. The Mexican supplier delivered the furniture parts 15 weeks late.
Nielsen, who sits on the board of the California Furniture Manufacturers Association, said that a friend of his opened a cutting and sewing operation in Tijuana that led him to go bankrupt because of poor product quality and government corruption and inefficiency.
"That's different for big companies where they can build on both sides of the border and be more in control," Nielsen said. "But for small companies and medium-size companies here in Los Angeles, it just doesn't work."
That was the case with Douglas Furniture, Nielsen said.
After opening a 1-million-square-foot factory in Tijuana, Douglas Furniture faced the same problems of reliability that other small and midsize American companies have seen, Nielsen said.
"The controls down there weren't the same, the quality was not the same," he said.
I think is better than to ...
www.furnituretoday.com, 25 Feb 2013 [cached]
I think is better than to be on the other side," said Ben Nielsen, president of upholstery supplier Cambridge of California. The proposed TB-117 smolder test would be performed on mockups of cushions.
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Cambridge's Nielsen said the new rule is likely to affect cotton print fabrics, which would need a barrier cloth that covers the sofa cushion before having a decorative cover placed on the outside. This double upholstering could add up to $300 in costs to those sofas, he said. While the former rule focused on foam, it did have a smolder element. Nielsen said much of the industry's fabric supply will already pass the new smolder test, although he does worry about overseas fabric suppliers. "Seventy to 80% of my fabrics come from imports today. And I'm worried about a mill in China certifying that it meets the standard and find out later that it doesn't," he said. Liability for failing fabric should fall on importers of record - instead of overseas fabric suppliers with no incentive to pay fines, he said. The bureau enforces the rule by obtaining product at retail, testing it, and levying fines if it fails. "Whoever imports the goods into the United States, it should be levied against them. Not against the Chinese company where you can't collect it," Nielsen said. Another concern is that the state's powerful chemical lobby will wage a public relations battle, or engage in delaying tactics that keep the current rule in effect, he said. News reports have indicated that chemical interests spent $23 million killing bills in recent years that would have more closely regulated flame retardants. The AHFA's Counts said he doesn't expect to see a big push from upholstery manufacturers to tout that their products will no longer contain flame retardant chemicals. "For that particular consumer that's concerned about it, this may be something that they pay close attention to," he said.
California Furniture Manufacturers Association
cfma.com, 6 June 2010 [cached]
Ben Nielsen, Cambridge of California
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Legislative - Ben Nielsen, Cambridge of California
Ben Nielsen, owner of the ...
www.whittierdailynews.com, 27 Dec 2013 [cached]
Ben Nielsen, owner of the Cambridge of California upholstery manufacturing firm, tried to benefit from NAFTA by having some products made there.
...
Ben Nielsen, owner of Cambridge of California, a small upholstery manufacturer in Gardena, tried to benefit from NAFTA by purchasing parts from Mexican manufacturers.
His efforts failed.
We have tried on several occasions, Nielsen said. I have been to Mexico, Guadalajara, Tijuana, to try to do stuff down there. The dependability of manufacturing in Mexico is not up to our standards. We cant depend on them.
On one occasion, Nielsen said, he ordered samples from a Mexican upholstery manufacturer, but when the samples came in they werent even close to what we ordered.
Another time, Nielsen placed a large order for carved oak trim legs that was supposed to arrive in four weeks. The Mexican supplier delivered the furniture parts 15 weeks late.
Nielsen, who sits on the board of the California Furniture Manufacturers Association, said that a friend of his opened a cutting and sewing operation in Tijuana that led him to go bankrupt because of poor product quality and government corruption and inefficiency.
Thats different for big companies where they can build on both sides of the border and be more in control, Nielsen said. But for small companies and medium-size companies here in Los Angeles, it just doesnt work.
That was the case with Douglas Furniture, Nielsen said.
After opening a 1-million-square-foot factory in Tijuana, Douglas Furniture faced the same problems of reliability that other small and midsize American companies have seen, Nielsen said.
The controls down there werent the same, the quality was not the same, he said.
Ben ...
www.cfma.com, 5 Jan 2012 [cached]
Ben Nielson Cambridge of California
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