8-28-2020 – Lenoir gains new furniture plant

Posted on: August 28th, 2020 by admin


August 28, 2020


By Guy Lucas guylucas@newstopicnews.com

Aug 27, 2020 3:24 PM


A Taylorsville-based furniture company announced that it is greatly expanding its manufacturing capacity by opening a new plant in the former Broyhill Furniture upholstery complex on Complex Street, creating 50 jobs this year and potentially another 50 next year.


Craftmaster Furniture said it plans to open the plant Sept. 8 in a portion of the 400,000-square-foot complex where Broyhill, Henredon, Thomasville and Drexel upholstery products once were made. This campus includes warehouses used by Baker Furniture, Legacy Classic Furniture and Grand Manor, which are sister companies to Craftmaster. It was purchased by Craftmaster’s parent company, Samson Holdings, in 2018 for $4.75 million after the bankruptcy of Heritage Home Group.


Craftmaster said in a press release that the new plant will expand the company’s manufacturing capacity by 20 percent, which President and CEO Roy Calcagne said is needed to meet rising demand.


“I am very excited to be able to announce this news of our expansion. We have been fortunate to have had significant sales growth over the past few years and have the need to expand our current manufacturing capacity,” he said.


Deborah Murray, the executive director of the Caldwell County Economic Development Commission, said she is excited to welcome a new manufacturer to Caldwell County.


“The COVID economy has given us more people unemployed than we have seen in many years, so what great timing it is for a new, established manufacturer to open its doors and begin hiring,” she said. “Our workforce knows a lot about making things – especially furniture.”


This new facility will position Craftmaster for significant growth over the next decade because the new manufacturing will use only about 100,000 square feet of space, allowing room to add lines as needed, the company said.


Craftmaster currently has a total of 650,000 square feet of manufacturing space in Alexander and Wilkes counties.


Calcagne hailed Lenoir for its “long and storied history of producing fine furniture for more than 125 years.


“It is a wonderful community with a highly skilled workforce of furniture craftsmen,” he said. “Unfortunately, there have been many layoffs over the recent years with the demise of the Heritage Home Group and others. We are very happy to be able to offer over 50 new jobs this year and will have over 100 positions by the end of 2021. These jobs will offer very competitive wages and benefits along with great working conditions.”


Craftmaster Furniture was founded in 1972 in Taylorsville and specializes in moderately priced upholstery. It currently employs a total of 650 people.

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