Wood Technology and Furniture

students observing a worker at McCreary Modern FurnitureEven as Caldwell Country rapidly diversifies, the furniture industry remains a vital part of our manufacturing base. Hickory–Lenoir–Morganton Metropolitan Statistical Area is still number one in the state and world for furniture manufacturing. 

In terms of existing talent, experience, infrastructure and resources, this is the best place to locate or expand a wood products company. Additionally, The North Carolina State University Industrial Extension Service, home of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST MEP) affiliate, has joined forces with statewide partners to develop an E3 (Economy, Energy and the Environment) initiative for the sustainability of the sector.

Caldwell County Advantages

  • One of the highest percentages of wood-related workers in the U.S.
  • Multi-generational experience in woodworking processes
  • A deep pool of production and supervisory talent
  • Low operating costs
  • Low energy, real estate and construction costs
  • Abundant wood resources
  • Wood industry support services throughout the county and region
  • Proximity to regional markets, railways and numerous trucking carriers
  • Intermodal port facility, 73 miles away

Caldwell County Workforce Training Advantages

“The great things about doing business in Caldwell County? Well, there’s the central East Coast location, easy access to major highways, an abundance of skilled, professional and willing-to-work citizens, and lastly, leadership an expanding business can count on. We’re a 3rd generation company, and Caldwell County has supported us every step of the way.” Keith Johnston Owner/President Bruex, Inc. (Wood laminates manufacturer)

stacks of lumberwood