Brittany and I recently had the opportunity to tour Century’s Furniture Factory in Hickory, NC. As a manufacturer with one of the most extensive lines, we knew it would be packed full of exciting things to see!
We began with a tour of their sister company – Valdese Weavers. Century actually began with fabrics, but fabrics aren’t useful by themselves. And so, Century Furniture was created as a way to help them sell fabric. Valdese Weavers is currently the largest fabric mill in the United States! This makes Century’s competitors also their customers, which I found interesting.
After touring several other manufacturing facilities, I’m not sure I know of another company with so much manufacturing space! It went on forever with multiple buildings and floors.
Above, a dining table is finished with a clear coat. The wood by itself is so beautiful!
Their finishing process is extensive. Each piece goes through so many steps to reach the final result. They introduced three new colored stains this past market, shown on the bottom right. Depending on the species of the wood, the color can be vibrant or subdued.
Dining chairs are carried through the air in one plant on an incredible conveyor system.
In addition to seeing how their furniture is made, we spent a day in their High Point showroom. Introduced last market and shown above, their Chin Hua collection was a big hit!
We not only got to see everything being made; we also got to see a chair deconstructed! The manager of the upholstery plant uncovers a perfectly good chair to show us what’s inside: eight-way hand tied springs, hardwood frames, batting and foam sculpted to create graceful curves, etc – everything you would expect from the highest quality upholstery!
We had a wonderful time and learned so much! Above, from left to right, me, our rep Lisa Jennings, Brittany, and Megan & Marsha from A. Hoke, Ltd.