12-9-2021 – McCreary Modern continues rapid expansion

Posted on: December 9th, 2021 by admin No Comments

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December 9, 2021

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CADY DAVIS CDAVIS@NEWSTOPICNEWS.COM

Dec 8, 2021 Updated 12 hrs ago

 

GAMEWELL — Planned expansion at McCreary Modern will create 100 new jobs for a furniture company with products in high demand.

 

McCreary Modern has been a private-label manufacturer of residential furniture in North Carolina since its founding in 1986 by Bob and Michele McCreary. The company specializes in upholstered chairs, sofas, sectionals, occasional chairs, and exposed wood pieces, and now is working to expand several of their locations in response to increased sales.

 

Their Maiden manufacturing campus will have a new 80,000 square foot centralized sewing operation. Additionally, planned expansions are underway at the company’s nearby Maiden framing plant and the woodworking plants in Lenoir and Gamewell. The three expansions and new sewing facility are expected to add 100 jobs to McCreary Modern’s 1,000-employee workforce.

 

“McCreary Modern’s physical growth is in large response to the demand for our products,” said Rick Coffey, company president. “The growth has been in the works for several years as our business has steadily increased, but the demand over the past 18 months for our bench-made furniture has been unprecedented, quickening the pace and growing the scale of these expansion plans.”

 

The new building in Maiden will be constructed next to the company’s existing fabric storage, automated cutting and sewing facility on U.S. Highway 321 Business. Once completed in the third quarter of 2022, the company’s expanded sewing department will relocate to the new facility, while fabric storage and automated fabric cutting will continue to grow in the existing space.

 

One of the facilities in Gamewell presently specializes in upholstery. The other facility, right across the street, is currently under construction but will focus on woodworking once opened in March 2022.

 

“This period of thoughtful but rapid growth represents one of the largest investment periods for the company in its entire 35-year history,” said Coffey.

 

As McCreary Modern’s footprint grows, so has the company’s commitment to retain, recruit, and train some of the industry’s best furniture artisans.

 

“When Bob and Michele McCreary started the company all those years ago, they established a culture based on a simple premise: treat everyone like family,” said Coffey. “We desire for every single employee at McCreary Modern to have a safe, engaging, satisfying and rewarding career.”

 

With these latest expansions, Coffey said they are looking for “well-grounded individuals that are ready to make a career with McCreary Modern. We will make the investments in their success to allow them to grow, and to feel appreciated and rewarded for their contributions.”

 

One unique way the company has rewarded employees is with ownership in the company. In 2008, Bob and Michele McCreary gifted 30% of the company to employees, allowing all employee-owners the opportunity to share in the successes of the company. McCreary Modern is now considered to be one of the most successful family and employee-owned (ESOP) businesses in North Carolina.

 

“This alone allows us to provide a long-term outlook for our business while providing security for our most important assets, our employee-owners,” said Coffey.

 

In addition to the ownership offering, Coffey maintains McCreary Modern can boast one of the “most comprehensive benefit packages in the region” offering everything from free healthcare for employees/spouses through two on-site nurse practitioners and accompanying pharmacy to paid seniority bonuses or gas cards for employees with at least two decades of experience. “As we look towards the future and undergo this significant series of expansions, we are extremely proud that we maintain those original values set forth by Bob and Michele, and continue to build a company that produces furniture of the highest-quality made by the best craftspeople in the industry.”

 

Interested applicants can apply for immediate openings via the company’s hiring website: www.mccrearymodern.com.

 

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