5/12/2017 – Fairfield Chair Company celebrates opening of new lumber facility

Posted on: May 12th, 2017 by admin

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May 12, 2017

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A new lumber yard expected to allow expanded manufacturing at Fairfield Chair Company has officially opened.

 

The nearly 14,000-square-foot building on the corner of Beall Street and College Avenue in Lenoir will store Fairfield Chair’s lumber adjacent to Plant No. 1 and wipe out the need for the company’s first lumber yard at Plant No. 2 that is located on Kincaid Circle off Southwest Boulevard.

 

Fairfield Chair Vice President Alvin Daughtridge said the new lumber yard will create a more convenient and efficient process for the company.

 

“With our other lumber yard, we do all the wood processing at this plan,” Daughtridge said. “So all the wood had to brought from the other plant to this plant. It will be housed here to begin with and then literally taken across the street, rather than having a 5-mile trek up here.”

 

Fairfield Chair Vice President of Manufacturing Terry Smith said the first lumber yard will now be used for expanding upholstery manufacturing.

 

“As our upholstery business grows, we will add employees hopefully to go into that building to be able to up our production there,” Smith said, adding that there are no definite plans as of yet.

 

The new lumber yard is “a little bit smaller” than the old one, Smith said. “But in the first lumber yard, we used to dry our lumber. Now we buy all our lumber already dried. So we don’t have to store quite as much.”

 

Fairfield Chair Chief Financial Officer Jamie White said the finishing touches such as sprinklers were completed recently.

 

“We have a lot of investments in new machinery over here in the event that we can start building more frames here and bringing things back that we are currently sourcing in China,” White said. “This will help with the capacity that we need lumber for and keep our machine rooms full and processing 40-plus hours a week.”

 

By Briana Adhikusuma, (Lenoir) News-Topic

 

 

 

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