“Made in USA Furniture Takes a Hit.”
Rich Christianson recently reported on Woodworking Network* that “the Made-in-America furniture movement [has] suffered a setback,” with two major Made in USA furniture factories closing down. It’s put more than 560 people out of work in Thomasville, NC, and the Made in USA furniture family mourns another loss. Christianson continues in the article:
“A silver lining in the dark-black cloud known as the Great Recession was that American consumers were buying more products Made in America. This helped fuel the notion that we would see more reshoring, such as Stanley Furniture’s decision to move production of its Young America furniture line from China to Robbinsville, NC. In addition, Ashley Furniture’s plans to build the world’s largest furniture manufacturing and distribution complex in Advance, NC was welcomed by many as another highly visible sign that U.S. wood furniture manufacturing was making a comeback.
But not everything has gone well for the U.S. furniture renaissance. Lincolnton Furniture, which became a media darling of “Made in America,” closed down without warning at the start of last year. 2013 also saw the demise of Linwood Furniture, which operated an 800,000-square-foot facility and Crawford Furniture Manufacturing, est. 1893 of Jamestown, NY.”
A disappointing news article for anyone in the Made in USA furniture industry; and although it’s great to find people buying American made products, also hearing about the “comeback” of American jobs and manufacturing through the years, we take this blog post to bring continued awareness to the dire need to support American made goods so that the circulation of commerce and community can find its center again. It’s what made this country the economic force it once was. It can be again! We continue to work away here at Manchester Wood and we thank you dearly for that. Blessings to all those effected by these factory shutdowns, our hearts go out to you.
*Made In USA Furniture Takes a Hit. (Jan 28, 2014). Retrieved from http://www.woodworkingnetwork.com/wood-blogs/industrial-woodworker/production-rich-christianson/Made-In-USA–241837221.html#sthash.MedDU7W1.dpbs