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La-Z-Boy to reduce N.C. manufacturing

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La-Z-Boy Inc. will close two plants which will result in 100 employees losing their jobs.

The company’s decision is based partly on its plan to start importing wood furniture, sell its youth furniture business and discontinue its production of hotel furniture.

The company also anticipates discontinuing its production of case goods in North Carolina during the next fiscal year. All warehouse and repair functions that took place in North Wilkesboro, N.C., will shift to Hudson, N.C. according Biz Journals.

The company will also discontinue casegoods production at the Hudson plant. The two North Wilkesboro plants will be sold along with all of its woodworking equipment.

“We greatly appreciate the contribution of each individual and thank them all for their years of dedicated service,” Kurt L. Darrow, La-Z-Boy’s chairman, president and CEO, said. “We will provide outplacement assistance to these employees during this transition period.”

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May 7, 2014 at 7:00 am

Georgia chair company still going strong after 99 years

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Harry Bagwell II, third-generation owner of the 99-year-old Gainesville Georgia Chair Company, was pleasantly surprised when he got a call from an 88-year-old woman asking him to fix her 66-year-old rocking chair, TheBlaze report.

Aside from the worn-down runners from persistent rocking, the chair was in near-perfect condition. The Southern Red Oak runners had lost their original curvature, but otherwise the chair was still going strong. Bagwell replaced the runners and refinished the rocking chair free of charge and sent it back to his customer. Several days later, according to TheBlaze, she called with another wish—she wanted to give Harry one of her homemade pies.

Some manufacturers are able to say they’re “made in America” because their products are assembled in the U.S., while the actual components are produced in China or elsewhere, according to TheBlaze. At Georgia Chair, when they say they’re made in America, they really mean it. “We’re very proud of the fact that everything in our product is American-made, down to the screws and the glue,” Kevin Hanville, Georgia Chair Co., told TheBlaze. As the company grows, Georgia Chair continues to emphasize relationships with local suppliers and customers in nearby communities. All of the wood Georgia Chair uses is grown within 300 miles of the company’s headquarters.

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December 3, 2013 at 7:00 am

Kincaid reports one million hours with no lost-time accident

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Recently at Kincaid, a company known for its solid wood furniture and variety of fabrics, employees worked one million continuous hours without a “lost-time” accident, Furniture World reports.

A lost-time accident is defined as a work-related accident or injury that causes an employee to have to miss time at work, according to Furniture World. As part of a comprehensive safety program at Kincaid’s Taylorsville, N.C., upholstery plant, managers hold regular safety meetings and offer education on safety to all employees. Education topics include machinery-related safety and even environmental safety regulations. The plant hasn’t experienced a lost-time accident since April 2007, Safety Director Stephanie St. Pierre told Furniture World.

“The safety of our employees is of the upmost importance at all of our manufacturing facilities,” Steve Kincaid, president, told Furniture World. “We take pride in the quality of our furniture, but safety comes first.”

The North Carolina plant has been part of Kincaid since 2000 and employs 82 workers. It is also one of the largest employers in Taylorsville.

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November 15, 2013 at 7:00 am

Wood Furniture shop back on its feet after fire

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Brothers David and Doug Duhon have learned how to deal with life’s challenges and still keep their wood furniture business up and running, Dailyworld.com reports.

They operated a thriving workshop in Carencro, La., known as All Wood Furniture for more than 20 years until their shop burned down last Thanksgiving.

Local firefighters arrived on the scene before the brothers that morning. But although firefighters worked to put out the flames, they couldn’t save the building or its laboriously constructed contents. Today, however, a little more than six months later, the brothers tell the Dailyworld that  they’re back, stronger than ever.

“Nobody lost a job through all this,” David Duhon, owner, told the Dailyworld. “Nobody even missed a work week. We went in there and started cleaning up the workshop right away, and it was back to business as usual in no time. Our retail stores never shut down.”

At the time of the fire, the building housed dozens of finished furniture orders that had been built, paid for and were ready for delivery for Christmas. But not one piece was salvageable.

“The firemen could pinpoint where it started, in the back of the building where we do all of our furniture-building, but they couldn’t tell what caused the fire,” Doug Duhon, marketing director, told the Dailyworld. “It was burned so bad we couldn’t tell what caused it. It could have been an electrical fire from one of the machines or a rag from the staining department that spontaneously combusted.”

The fire caused an estimated $800,000 in damage to the All Wood manufacturing facility and the business was under insured, Doug Duhon told the site.

“Once the building burned, we had to take some available cash to buy another building to work out of,” Doug Duhon told the site. “We lost a lot of tools to make the furniture, so we also had to purchase new equipment. Honestly, it’s hard to say how much we had to pay ourselves.”

Nevertheless, the brothers and business partners turned a tragedy into a triumph and right away began reconstructing their business. It started at 4:30 a.m. the day after the fire, with a text from Doug Duhon to his brother.

“I’m at the shop. Where are you? It’s time to work!” David Duhon headed over and began the recovery plans. Not only did they have to rebuild all the furniture they had already made, they also had to recreate the furniture patterns they had developed over the years, which were all lost to the fire. These templates are the starting point for builders in making every piece. They also put up a new showroom location in Baton Rouge. “I got a call from the bank after the fire,” David Duhon told the site. “Naturally, they were concerned about whether we’d be able to go through with the deal. I was determined to make it happen, and I told them we were still on board.” “My brother and I worked every day for 40 days after the fire to make enough furniture to prove to the bank that we could produce and make the necessary payments on our loan,” Doug Duhon told the site. All Wood currently builds its furniture in another warehouse on the Carencro property just steps from the overgrown field where the original building had been. They operate two retail stores in Lafayette — one on the Evangeline Thruway and another on Pinhook Road. The Baton Rouge retail store is undergoing remodeling, with a grand opening anticipated later this month. “You learn what you’re made of when you go through challenges like these,” Doug Duhon said to the Dailyworld.

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June 14, 2013 at 7:00 am

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Fifteen local artists, representing mediums from oil paints to woodworking to watercolors, displayed their works at the Jessie May’s Community Center in North Plains, Ore., OregonLive.com reports.

Joyce Reynolds, a committee member of the North Plains Historical Society, was responsible for putting together the society’s first art show.

“We have culture built into us, too,” Reynolds told Oregon Live. “People survived doing art, even hundreds of years ago. Art is part of our heritage.”

One of the showcased woodworkers was Hillsboro resident James Bromagem, 68, who makes handcrafted wooden toys and furniture.

“I’ve just never thought of myself as an artist,” Bromagem told the site.

Bromagem was a teen in Nampa, Idaho, when he became interested in woodworking.

“I couldn’t make a square to save my life,” Bromagem said. “But I loved working with wood and my high school shop teacher must have seen something in me that I didn’t.”

He told the site that he was never interested in making something that looked “homemade.” He wanted his creations to imitate something commercially manufactured, but with an artistic flair.

Bromagem pursued careers in electrical design for 30 years. He worked for companies like Tektronix, Intel and Floating Point Systems while doing woodwork on the side, something he considered therapeutic.

From his home shop Bromagem has created woodworks of all varieties, including chairs, dollhouses and even a “motorcycle rocker.”

“I haven’t found something I can’t make yet,” Bromagem told the site.

Four years ago, when he was confronted with masses of scrap material left over from building so much furniture, he decided to do the resourceful thing and make toys. With 14 grandkids, the toy making has kept him busy.

But Bromagem sells his toys to adults, too. These “shelf toys” are more delicate, but still fully functioning models of things like fire trucks, log trucks and trains. His “sandbox toys” are made for children to play with.

He sells his work at the Saturday Hillsboro Farmers Market, but only at the cost it takes him to make each piece, according to the site. What he enjoys most is teaching others. He regularly invites people to his shop, working through stacks of cherry, oak and pine to create whatever they want.

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June 10, 2013 at 7:00 am

Ashley Furniture breaks ground on N.C. expansion

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Last week, Ashley Furniture broke ground on an $80 million manufacturing facility that expects to employee 550 workers within five years, the Enterprise Record online reports. The company is already basing its East Coast distributing and manufacturing on the old RJR site on Baltimore Road in North Carolina.

When completed, the Ashley expansion will make it the largest furniture manufacturing plant in the United States.

Reinvesting is what the spearhead company has always done, and it has grown from a small business to employing more that 22,000 people worldwide. Ashley does business in every state and 134 countries.

“We’re excited to be re-investing in the United States,” Todd Wanek, CEO of Ashley Furniture told the news. The Advance facility will serve customers throughout the Southeast as well as export markets, he said.

Terry Bralley, president of the Davie Economic Development Commission told the site, “I’ve learned from Ashley what it takes to compete in the world today.”

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May 29, 2013 at 7:00 am

Stanley Furniture chooses DataChambers to host and manage new infrastructure

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DataChambers, a North Carolina-based communications firm, announced this week that it has been selected to host and to manage the infrastructure and servers used by Stanley Furniture Co., according to The Hosting News.

This news comes before Stanley, manufacturer of wood furniture since 1924, will move from its current headquarters in Virginia to a newly renovated corporate headquarters and showroom at 200 North Hamilton Street in High Point, N.C.

“Taking advantage of the capabilities DataChambers offers frees us to focus our resources more clearly on delivering exceptional customer service to our retail partners and ultimately to our end consumers,” says Bill Boyle, Stanley Furniture vice president of customer care initiatives and information technology. “It also reflects our commitment to support the local community by working with vendors based here in the Triad.”

DataChambers will host Stanley’s systems in a state-of-the-art, reinforced data center supported by an on-site power substation, dual power grids, multiple backup generators, and high-tech security and surveillance systems. Experts in the DataChambers Network Operations Center will monitor Stanley’s systems around the clock to anticipate and resolve issues before they impact performance. North State Communications, parent company of DataChambers, will provide local and wide area network connectivity.

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April 16, 2013 at 7:00 am

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