Say you are in the Foreign Service and stationed somewhere with a lot of desert, like, say, Afghanistan. What would you need -- other than maybe a pitcher of icy martinis?
Why, a really quality umbrella, of course.
Contract Furnishings International Inc., based near Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport, was the right company to fulfill that need.
The company on Friday shipped 100 "super-premium-grade" umbrellas and bases to the U.S. Embassy in Kabul.
Company president Joe Griffin said the umbrellas and bases, manufactured on the East Coast of Florida, have "a custom finish and a special, super-heavy-duty design to withstand high temperatures, high winds, dust storms and other extreme desert conditions in Afghanistan."
"This was a highly competitive bid with a lot of particular details, but in the end Contract Furnishings International prevailed," Griffin said.
The contract followed a similar one from NATO for umbrellas at Afghanistan's Kandahar Airfield. While sturdy, they weren't as fancy, Griffin said.
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