Island Bay Sling Dining
Our company was originated as Royal Patio Manufacturing in 1990, by David Peace. He re-strapped furniture for condominiums and hotels on the west coast of Florida and the company was operated out of David’s own backyard. In 1991, he moved the company into a 12’ x 24’ storage unit in Bradenton, FL, where the factory equipment was expanded to include a diacro hand bender, a chop saw from Home Depot, a drill press from Lowes, and a welder from Sears. David was still the company’s only employee. Business progressed and he began manufacturing raw strap furniture frames and component parts for other manufacturers and refinishers throughout Florida.
By 1996, and a few factory moves across Bradenton to Palmetto; David bought a small powder coat system and began selling powder coated frames. The company’s payroll included about twenty employees at that time. Gradually, the business grew to manufacturing completed strap furniture, and the company earned a reputation for providing quality commercial-grade furniture. In 1997, Greg Hale joined the organization and The Windward Design Group was born as a sister company to Royal Patio. Greg helped launch Windward into the retail market with his industry knowledge and Florida customer base. During that year, Windward’s first sling-style dining chairs were developed and they began selling to retailers throughout Florida. Cushion-style furniture came shortly after in 1998 and the factory grew to include a sewing room. By 2002, Windward was manufacturing eighteen different collections of furniture, including deep seating, cushion dining, sling, and strap styles. In 2006, we added padded sling to our offering and in 2008, we launched our Replacement Cushion division.
Today, the Windward factory is operated out of a 65,000+ square foot facility in Sarasota, FL. We manufacture over twenty collections of furniture as well as a full line of replacement cushions, and employ approximately one hundred people. David Peace is still the President of Windward and two of his five children also work for the company. Many things have changed over the years, but some things will always remain the same for us… We take pride in manufacturing quality, stylish products and offering them at competitive prices. Thank you for your interest in our story and in Windward Design Group’s products.