7/07/2019 – Caldwell business leader honored

Posted on: July 8th, 2019 by admin

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July 7, 2019

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LENOIR — Alvin Daughtridge, retired vice president of Fairfield Chair, has received the first Lifetime Achievement Award from the SpecializedFurniture Carriers, a division of the American Home Furnishings Alliance.

 

Henceforth, the award will carry Daughtridge’s name, being presented annually as the Alvin Daughtridge Lifetime Achievement Award.

 

A native of Rocky Mount, Daughtridge began his career more than 53 years ago at Lenoir-based Fairfield Chair, originally a manufacturer of upholstered seating for the residential, office and hospitality industries. In recent years, the company expanded into importing wood desks, dining tables and accent furniture. Although he began in the personnel department, Daughtridge rose through the ranks and has long served as vice president.

 

When transportation and logistics came under his operational responsibilities at Fairfield, Daughtridge soon began lending his expertise to the industry organizations that focused on these areas. He was one of the first board members of the Furniture Shippers Association and helped guide the growth of AHFA’s transportation and logistics division. He served on AHFA’s Transportation and Logistics Council, as well as on the industry’s Supply Chain Council.

 

Outside the home-furnishings industry, Daughtridge is a community volunteer and an advocate for several local causes focused on health, business and education. His support for arthritis research and care led to a new clinic at Caldwell Memorial Hospital in Lenoir. It opened its doors in 2001 as the Alvin W. Daughtridge Arthritis Clinic. He has served on the boards of Caldwell Memorial Hospital, as well as Caldwell County’s Cancer Society, Red Cross and Board of Health.

 

In the business community, he is a past president of the Lenoir/Caldwell Chamber of Commerce and has received the Caldwell Chamber of Commerce Man of the Year Award, the Lenoir Jaycees Distinguished Service Award and the Non-Rotarian Award for Professional Excellence and High Ethical Standards. In January, he received the Caldwell County Economic Development Legacy Award for 50-plus years of service to business and educational endeavors.

 

Daughtridge is a long time member of the Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute board of trustees and is the founding chairman of Communities in Schools of Caldwell County.

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