Furniture Home Decor Manufacturers

BuildASofa/Unique Sofas of America

Santa Fe Springs,

Lattitude/Longitude
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Come experience a truly one-on-one tour of a working custom furniture factory. Unique Sofas of America is the sole supplier for BuildASofa.com a custom sofa and sectional retailer with showrooms in California and Texas.

Carrington Court Direct

Hickory,

Lattitude/Longitude
35.7312773, -81.3597288

Carrington Court has been dedicated to the production of the highest quality furniture for over 15 years. We are located in Hickory, North Carolina - the furniture capital of the world. We have assembled a team of expert craftsmen. Our upholsterers have the years of experience necessary to do the meticulous tailoring required for quality furniture and perfect fit slipcovers.

In addition to Parsons chairs, Carrington Court also manufactures sofas, love seats, wing chairs, club chairs, benches & ottomans. We sell direct to the public over the Internet. And if you?re ever in Hickory, North Carolina give us a call and we?ll give you a tour of our factory.

Flex-A-Bed

LaFayette,

Lattitude/Longitude
34.708097, -85.304859

Visit our LaFayette, Georgia factory. Visitors are always welcome at Flex-A-Bed. Watch us build the high quality beds that give thousands a great night of sleep. We would love to show you around.

You can make reservations so we know you are coming, or you can just drop in during normal production hours. Please make reservations for large groups. Email us for details at [email protected] or give us a call at 1-800-648-1256.

George's Woodcrafts

Marietta,

Lattitude/Longitude
40.078437, -76.609386

Here on our farm in western Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, we still make furniture the traditional way...with our hands. Crafted out of solid Walnut, Oak or Cherry, you can select from our standard designs, or bring your sketchbook, and we will custom-tailor your piece just for you! We design, build and even deliver your piece right to your door!

Everything we make is solid wood, including neglected areas like drawer bottoms and cabinet backs. Our furniture, from dining room tables to complete office suites is durable, water resistant, and covered with a satin catalysed conversion finish that resists damage and staining. Our furniture is built to last...not just for several years, but for several generations!

Our master craftsmen take pride in their work...each piece is dated and autographed by the craftsman who made it. You can come and watch our people construct furniture in the woodshop, tour the wood curing facility and learn the difference proper handling and treatment of wood will make in your furniture, and visit George's unique museum.

George can build furniture for every room in your home or office -- including tables, chairs, hutches, entertainment centers, curio cabinets, corner cupboards, dry sinks, credenzas, bookcases, display cases, gun cabinets, executive desks, end tables, deacon's benches, settees, bedroom furniture -- you name it, we can build it!

Then there is our Rocking Chair...once you come out and sit in one, you just might set your current recliner out at the curb for pickup! Our Rocking Chair will not tip over, and will actually recline! And the chair is designed to match your frame, built by hand by our craftsmen, and delivered right to your door.

Harden Furniture

McConnellsville,

Lattitude/Longitude
43.27773, -75.692483

Harden Furniture conducts a free tour of our facility, starting at the Harden Showroom. You will be guided through our factory to see real people making real furniture of outstanding quality. The tour usually takes approximately 2 hours, depending on the number of questions and information requested.

Kohler Company

Kohler,

Lattitude/Longitude
43.739801, -87.779874

For anyone who?s ever wondered how their KOHLER bathtub or faucet was made, the company opens its doors in a unique insider?s tour ? the Industry in Action factory tour. Offered every weekday morning, Kohler?s Industry in Action factory tour takes visitors through the numerous buildings that create everything from vitreous china lavatories to massive 6-foot cast iron tubs.

McRoskey Mattress Company

San Francisco,

Lattitude/Longitude
37.752075, -122.390145

If you've ever wondered how the legendary comfort of a McRoskey mattress is made, here?s your chance to find out and have some fun too. Venerable San Francisco mattress-maker McRoskey Mattress Company, is now offering a weekly factory tour at its manufacturing facility in the Potrero Hill neighborhood of San Francisco.

?We?ve been handcrafting mattresses in San Francisco since 1899 and we still follow many of the same mattress-making techniques,? said McRoskey owner and president Robin McRoskey Azevedo. ?This tour is a wonderful opportunity to see a McRoskey mattress made firsthand and learn a bit of San Francisco history as well.?

The factory tour is held at McRoskey?s manufacturing facility located at 1400 Minnesota Street in San Francisco.

The weekly tour will take participants through all stages of mattress manufacturing and will last 30 minutes to one hour.

To request a tour, go to http://www.McRoskey.com, send an email to [email protected] or call 877-499-9600. Five slots are available for each tour on a first-come, first-served basis. All participants must wear safety glasses and only closed-toe shoes are permitted during the tour. Small groups of five or less are welcome. All tours are by advance reservation only.

P. Graham Dunn

Dalton,

Lattitude/Longitude
40.7923758, -81.6989307

P. Graham Dunn is a family owned and operated business that opened its doors in 1976. However the series of events that lead to this business began much earlier. It?s difficult to pick a time or place to begin, but we will try to do just that. The time is the 1940?s and the place is a politically unstable China.

Peter Dunn?s parents, Marvin and Miriam Dunn, dedicated nearly their entire lives to work in China serving China Inland Missions, a mission founded by Hudson Taylor. Each began serving independently, and it was in China that they met and were married. Miriam kept a memoir of her experiences as a child of missionaries growing up in China herself. It is Peter?s goal to one day have these memories published and shared. Marvin and Miriam continued serving until their retirement in 1973.

During World War II, Marvin and Miriam were serving in a small village helping a young couple prepare for their wedding ceremony. Unfortunately due to the war, the bride was having difficulty obtaining silk for her wedding dress. Eventually some silk was rounded up for the dress from a most unusual source. The wedding dress was made from silk parachutes of American aviators who had just finished a near suicide mission over Japan. The man in charge of the operation was none other than Lieutenant Colonel James Doolittle.

China was a very turbulent and dangerous place in the 40?s and 50?s for foreigners. In 1944 Mr. and Mrs. Graham Hutchinson were led to join the China Inland Mission. During these years of service, Japan invaded China and the invasion was followed by intense civil war. This put the lives of missionaries at risk. The mission board ordered the evacuation of all who were serving in southwestern China. This included the Graham Hutchinson?s and also Marvin and Miriam Dunn. The route to safety was a bumpy flight on a DC-3 over the Himalayas into India. The Graham Hutchinson?s were scheduled to fly out on the same plane as the Dunn?s. However, the plane ran out of seating before everyone was loaded. The childless Hutchinson?s noticed that Miriam was obviously pregnant and had not been seated. They voluntarily gave up their seats so Miriam and Marvin could take the first flight out of China. After arriving safely in India, Miriam and Marvin were devastated to learn the following flight crashed into the Himalayas and everyone on board perished.

Miriam gave birth to Peter?s older sister Rosemary in India. After returning to China less than two years later to resume their work, Miriam gave birth to a son. She named him Peter Graham Dunn in recognition of the sacrifice the Graham Hutchinson?s made. Later when Peter chose a name for his new business, it was important to emphasize Graham. Finally, when Peter and his wife LeAnna had their son Thomas, they extended this recognition by naming him Thomas Graham Dunn.

Peter?s journey from China to the world?s largest Amish and Mennonite community took him through Three Hills, Alberta. It was there while Peter was a young man that he spotted the young lady who would later become his wife, LeAnna Gerber, a Mennonite from the United States. Peter courted LeAnna for nearly 7 years, never seeming to gain her affection. While nearly ready to give up, Peter traveled to Ohio to visit LeAnna and her family over the Christmas holidays of 1971. Sitting atop the silo on the family farm, LeAnna turned to Peter and asked if he was going to ask to marry her, or what! And marry her he did.

In 1972, newlyweds Peter and LeAnna Dunn accepted a mission from their church to open a home for runaway girls in New York City. In order to keep the girls occupied, they initiated a small woodworking business. The girls carved plaques and gifts that quickly became popular items at out-door markets in Greenwich Village. When the mission in New York was complete, the couple bought the woodworking equipment and installed it on their farm in Dalton, Ohio.

Peter spent the next two years building silos for area farmers to support his family, while perfecting his designs and manufacturing techniques during every spare moment. In 1977, he received an order for 3,000 items, allowing him to devote all his energies to his growing business. For the next twenty years, he designed every plaque, gift and each item of furniture. Today, a diverse group of employees contributes to the design process, resulting in a healthier company and broader market appeal.
In the early days, the work was labor-intensive. In time, the company began to computerize carving and laser operations and found it could compete successfully with offshore manufacturers. Today P. Graham Dunn serves over 4,000 accounts, most in the U.S., and the remainder in Canada and around the world.

P. Graham Dunn is located in Dalton, Ohio operating in a 140,000 square foot manufacturing facility. Inside the facility is an 18,000 square foot retail store and viewing gallery. Guests enter the massive two-story lobby where oversized plaques adorn the walls, scripture is carved into the crown molding, and where they?ll find one of Ohio?s largest indoor murals. Ascending to the second floor store, windows along each side give visitors a bird?s eye view of the production process from start to finish. Lasers in the store are available for custom engraved gifts on the spot. Additionally services are available to bring your own custom ideas to life. And if that wasn?t enough bargain shoppers flock to the Factory Outlet where we constantly add overstocked, scratch & dent, prototype, discontinued, and unfinished merchandise.

P. Graham Dunn opened two stores in Gatlinburg, TN, a store in Branson, MO, Walnut Creek, OH, and in Crocker Park in Westlake, OH.

While much has changed at P. Graham Dunn over the past thirty years, much remains the same. The first two employees of the company are still active in the business. Robert Shetler is vice president of manufacturing and Carol Currie who works in the shipping department. While Peter?s wife LeAnna no longer manages the finances for the business, she actively helps choose all the scripture engraved on the prints. Peter?s son, Paul, does much of the product design and custom work and his son-in-law Joe Knutson is the retail operations manager.

While we strive to ensure P. Graham Dunn is successful in a competitive manufacturing environment, we will never lose sight of the sacrifice the Graham Hutchinson?s made, for the service Peter?s parents contributed to China, and ultimately our mission to Lift Him Up.

RVP~1875

Jefferson,

Lattitude/Longitude
42.0151343, -94.3747693

RVP~1875, the world?s leading historical furniture shop and museum,
is located at 115 S. Wilson, in the historic Milligan Lumber, Grain & Coal
building in downtown Jefferson, Iowa. Owner and operator, Robby Pedersen, is a Master Furniture Maker with over 20 years experience, who builds
historically accurate furniture using only the tools, techniques and
finishes used in 1875. On display is one of the Midwest?s largest
assortments of 19th Century woodworking tools, including an 1860?s
foot-powered lathe, an 1870?s hand-crank ripsaw, and over 400 different
hand planes. Our showroom also holds over 100 pieces of unique pioneer
furniture.

Groups of all sizes are welcome. Drop in to see us and we'll show you
around, or our one-hour tour can be scheduled by appointment.

Stickley Furniture

Manlius,

Lattitude/Longitude
43.004851, -75.9877164

Fascinating tour of large factory making historic, high-end, solid-wood furniture. Combination of high-tech machinery with intensive hand
craftsmanship. Gorgeous wood and products.

Since our earliest years, Stickley has invited the public to visit our factory and see for themselves how our furniture is made. It was an extension of what Gustav Stickley termed "Honest Furniture." This tradition of earnest furniture-making still exists today at our Manlius, New York factory, where the very essence of Stickley ? inventive technology joined with time-tested principles of hand craftsmanship ? continues.

We are confident that when you see how Stickley furniture is constructed, when you see the balance of technology with the honorable, uncompromised hand craft of our dedicated workers, you will know that Stickley is simply better made furniture.

Swiss Woodworking

Berne,

Lattitude/Longitude
40.673045, -84.943463

Amish owned and operated hand-crafted wood household items, play furniture and toys, Amish dolls, Lazy Susans, bread, and recipe boxes.
Assortment of stamps and supplies, Homemade cards.

The Great Alaskan Bowl Company

Fairbanks,

Lattitude/Longitude
64.835323, -147.824062

Back in the 1800's the demand for large wooden bowls for making bread and for mixing and serving food kept many bowl mills in operation. The Great Alaskan Bowl Company is one of only a very few mills operating that use equipment designed from the machinery developed over a hundred years ago.

By cutting only 2-5 13" or larger trees per acre The Great Alaskan Bowl Company is a responsible steward of the forest. This process promotes a healthier forest by allowing some sunlight to reach the smaller developing trees. The freshly cut green logs (40-60% moisture content) are cut into lengths the width of the tree and split for turning. This process allows us to create up to 8 one-piece solid birch hardwood bowls ranging from 22 inches to 7 inches in diameter - all from a single split length.

After the bowls have been cut, they are sorted and stacked on carts for drying. The kiln drying process takes 4-6 days to complete and is the most critical step in the production process. Our progressive kiln monitors both the heat and moisture content and the bowls are removed when the moisture content reaches 6-10%. Because of our unique drying process we have less than 3% loss.

Each bowl is then individually sanded and branded before the finish is applied.

The bowls are dipped and coated with a unique blend of soybean oil, carotene, vitamin E and lemon that penetrates, conditions and seals the wood. This produces an all-natural finish ready for popcorn, salad, fruit and many other uses.

If you are coming to Fairbanks visit our showroom and see our bowl making process in person. We have demonstrations daily on the making of Birch Bowls. It is done behind glass windows right in the showroom.

The Longaberger Company

Frazeysburg,

Lattitude/Longitude
40.138032, -82.079334

Some 29 years after Dave Longaberger founded The Longaberger Company with five weavers, the Company reflects our early roots and family tradition of handmade artisanship. When a customer purchases a Longaberger basket, they also are sharing in the Longaberger story and family tradition. The Company?s mission statement ? ?To Stimulate A Better Quality Of Life? ? reflects Longaberger?s commitment to the Company?s founding philosophy that people are the key to our success. We are a family-owned Company with a family-friendly environment.

The Longaberger History
In 1896, when the Longaberger family moved to Dresden, Ohio, the tiny village still enjoyed its prosperity as a rural transportation and industrial hub in the rolling foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. There was a hotel on Main Street, three railroad stations, a woolen mill and a paper mill. In the not-too-distant past, a side-cut canal had connected the community with the historic Ohio Canal, transforming the village into a bustling canal town.

In the early 1900s, baskets were as commonplace as paper bags and plastic containers are now. Ware Baskets, made at the Dresden Basket Factory, were used to carry pottery ware for the region's booming pottery industry.

In 1919, J.W. Longaberger (Dave?s father) took a job with the Dresden Basket Factory. As a full-time apprentice he meticulously learned the basketmaking art by first crafting basket bottoms. Later he mastered the precise, tight weaving style that would become his trademark. J.W. grew to love the art of basketry.

While working at the basket factory, J.W. met Bonnie Jean Gist from the neighboring community of Trinway. Their courtship led to marriage in 1927. During the Great Depression, the Dresden Basket Factory closed. J.W. found work at the local paper mill, but continued making baskets after work and on weekends. In 1936, J.W. and Bonnie purchased the closed Dresden Basket Factory and the home on that property. J.W. then named his new business The Ohio Ware Basket Company, reflecting the importance of Ware Baskets and the pottery industry to his small side business.

The Longaberger family eventually grew to include 12 children ? six boys and six girls. Bonnie worked full time at the woolen mill to help make ends meet and the older children helped their father by making basket bottoms, carefully arranging the up-splints for pottery Ware Baskets and even selling baskets to the neighbors.

In 1934, a fifth child was born to J.W. and Bonnie ? Dave Longaberger. Early in life, Dave had three strikes against him. His family was economically disadvantaged, he stuttered so badly people had difficulty understanding him, and he had epilepsy in a time when the condition was not widely understood.

Dave's liabilities did not stand in the way of his ambition, however. As a youngster he worked in a grocery store, shoveled snow, delivered papers, mowed grass and hauled trash. He ran the projectors at the local movie house. Because Dave was always making money from one job or another, his family called him the "25-cent millionaire."

At age 21, Dave finally graduated from high school. He began his career by driving a bread truck for several years for two different bakeries. From 1961-62, Dave served in the U.S. Army.

In the early 60s, his first daughter Tami was born, and Dave grew anxious to take the many lessons he had learned over the years to work for his own business and family. In 1963, when Harry's Dairy Bar in Dresden came up for sale, Dave and his wife bought it. The restaurant had two booths, two tables and eight stools. Later Dave also purchased the defunct A&P Grocery in town, remodeled and expanded the building, and opened the Dresden IGA Foodliner. As always, Dave worked very hard during those years, and between both businesses he earned a solid living for his family, which now also included younger daughter Rachel.

In the early 1970s, Dave noticed that baskets were becoming very popular, and he also noticed that many department stores were beginning to sell imported baskets. Dave wondered if people would appreciate baskets like the fine handcrafted ones his father used to make. He asked his father to make a dozen market baskets, and then took them to a nearby town. They sold immediately and the shop requested more! J.W. made several dozen more baskets. Sadly, however, J.W. died at the age of 71, just as the family trade was being renewed.

Dave opened J.W.'s Handwoven Baskets? in 1976 in Dresden. Interest in these beautiful handmade baskets continued to grow, until Dave had to find a place in which to expand his small basket factory. He found a very unlikely building: the old woolen mill where his mother had worked, built in the 1890s. It had stood vacant since 1955, and had broken windows, uneven floors and a sagging roof. The brick walls were all that remained solid and strong of the facility. In this dilapidated building, Dave envisioned a basket factory with hundreds of craftsmen and craftswomen weaving, tacking, talking and laughing. He had proven to himself from his previous business ventures that he had a knack for envisioning the unlikely, so he approached his new venture with great enthusiasm.

Dave became increasingly convinced that American consumers wanted the handmade craftsmanship and quality of Longaberger baskets. He tried different ways to sell baskets at malls, department stores and other retails outlets, with varying degrees of success. In 1978, Dave discovered that the most effective way to sell the company?s baskets was not through retail outlets but through home shows, where an educated basket associate could show Longaberger baskets and share the history and explain the craftsmanship that each basket holds. The Longaberger Company?s direct sales organization was born.

In 1984, Dave?s daughter Tami joined the Company full-time after her graduation from The Ohio State University. Tami worked in virtually every area of the company, and in 1994 Dave appointed her president. Working side by side until Dave's death in 1999, Tami learned her father?s management principles first-hand. Clearly cut from the same visionary cloth as her father, she used her own extraordinary gifts to diversify the company into other home lifestyle areas, which now account for nearly half of the company?s revenues.

Under Tami?s leadership, collectors have developed a passion for baskets and the Company has experienced consistent annual growth. The Company has been featured for its cutting edge employee programs and outstanding corporate citizenship. Dave?s younger daughter Rachel carries on the family?s tradition of philanthropy by heading The Longaberger Foundation, which has donated millions to local charities and educational institutions since its inception in 1998.

Today, The Longaberger Company is the premier maker of handmade baskets in the United States, employing nearly 7,000 craftsmen and craftswomen as well as professional support staff and 70,000 Independent Sales Associates. Under the direction of CEO and President Tami Longaberger, the Company has grown to a $1 billion organization and diversified into product lines including wrought iron, pottery and fabric accessories. The Longaberger name is synonymous with quality; our baskets are handmade to be handed down and home accessory items add pleasure and functionality to the home.

Longaberger is one of Forbes magazine's top privately held companies. The Company was recognized as the 18th largest woman ? owned company in the U.S. by Working Woman magazine and has been cited by Newman?s Own, Inc. and George magazine as one of the Top 10 Most Generous Companies in America.

Longaberger travel destinations include our basket-shaped Home Office, our manufacturing tour and Longaberger Homestead, our shopping, dining and entertainment complex.

Basketmakng Tour ? Guests can tour the 880,000 square-foot basketmaking facility from the mezzanine above and watch how each of the company's baskets are individually crafted by hand. The self-guided tour allows visitors to learn about the rich history of the basketmaking craft and The Longaberger Company, as well as how to use Longaberger products in the home through innovative Home & Life displays. The newly expanded Just For Fun retail shop provides lots of opportunities for tour souvenirs.

The manufacturing tour also includes an enhanced Make A Basket area, which allows up to 50 people at a time to handcraft their own Longaberger Basket on the manufacturing tour with the assistance of a basketmaker. The cost for Make A Basket is $54.95 per person, with a discounted group rate of $43.95 per person for groups of 15 or more.

The Longaberger Company

Newark,

Lattitude/Longitude
40.059837, -82.405532

Some 30 years after Dave Longaberger founded The Longaberger Company with five basketmakers, the company reflects our early roots and family tradition of handmade artisanship. When you purchase a Longaberger basket, you are sharing in the Longaberger story and family tradition. The Company?s mission statement ? ?To Stimulate A Better Quality Of Life? ? reflects Longaberger?s commitment to the company?s founding philosophy that people are the key to our success. We are a family-owned company with a family-friendly environment.

The Longaberger History
=======================
In 1896, when the Longaberger family moved to Dresden, Ohio, the tiny village still enjoyed prosperity as a rural transportation and industrial hub in the rolling foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. There was a hotel on Main Street, three railroad stations, a woolen mill and a paper mill. In the not-too-distant past, a side-cut canal connected the community with the historic Ohio Canal, transforming the village into a bustling canal town.

In the early 1900s, baskets were as commonplace as paper bags and plastic containers are now. Ware Baskets, made at the Dresden Basket Factory, were used to carry pottery ware for the region's booming pottery industry.

In 1919, J.W. Longaberger (Dave?s father) took a job with the Dresden Basket Factory. As a full-time apprentice he meticulously learned the basketmaking art by first crafting basket bottoms. Later he mastered the precise, tight weaving style that would become his trademark. J.W. grew to love the art of basket making.

While working at the basket factory, J.W. met Bonnie Jean Gist from the neighboring community of Trinway. Their courtship led to marriage in 1927. During the Great Depression, the Dresden Basket Factory closed. J.W. found work at the local paper mill, but continued making baskets after work and on weekends. In 1936, J.W. and Bonnie purchased the closed Dresden Basket Factory and the home on that property. J.W. then named his new business The Ohio Ware Basket Company, reflecting the importance of Ware Baskets and the pottery industry to his small side business.

The Longaberger family eventually grew to include 12 children ? six boys and six girls. Bonnie worked full time at the woolen mill to help make ends meet and the older children helped their father by making basket bottoms, carefully arranging the upsplints for pottery Ware Baskets and even selling baskets to the neighbors.

In 1934, a fifth child was born to J.W. and Bonnie ? Dave Longaberger. Early in life, Dave had three strikes against him. His family was economically disadvantaged, he stuttered so badly people had difficulty understanding him, and he had epilepsy in a time when the condition was not widely understood.

Dave's liabilities did not stand in the way of his ambition, however. As a youngster he worked in a grocery store, shoveled snow, delivered papers, mowed grass and hauled trash. He ran the projectors at the local movie house too. Because Dave was always making money from one job or another, his family called him the "25-cent millionaire."

At age 21, Dave finally graduated from high school. He began his career by driving a bread truck for several years for two different bakeries. From 1961-1962, Dave served in the U.S. Army.

In the early 1960s, his first daughter, Tami, was born, and Dave grew eager to take the many lessons he had learned over the years and put them to work for his own business and family. In 1963, when Harry's Dairy Bar in Dresden came up for sale, Dave and his wife bought it. The restaurant had two booths, two tables and eight stools. Later, Dave purchased the defunct A&P Grocery in town. He remodeled and expanded the building, and opened the Dresden IGA Foodliner. As always, Dave worked very hard during those years, and between both businesses he earned a solid living for his family, which now also included younger daughter Rachel.

In the early 1970s, Dave noticed that baskets were becoming very popular, and he also noticed that many department stores were beginning to sell imported baskets. Dave wondered if people would appreciate baskets like the fine handcrafted ones his father used to make. So he asked his father to make a dozen market baskets, and then took them to a nearby town. They sold immediately and the shop requested more! J.W. made several dozen more baskets. Sadly, however, J.W. died at the age of 71, just as the family trade was being renewed.

Dave opened J.W.'s Handwoven Baskets? in 1976 in Dresden. Interest in these beautiful handmade baskets continued to grow, until Dave had to find a place in which to expand his small basket factory. He found a very unlikely building: the old woolen mill where his mother had worked, built in the 1890s. It had been vacant since 1955, and had broken windows, uneven floors and a sagging roof. The brick walls were all of the facility that remained solid and strong. In this dilapidated building, Dave envisioned a basket factory with hundreds of craftsmen and craftswomen weaving, tacking, talking and laughing. He had proven to himself through his previous business ventures that he had a knack for envisioning the unlikely, so he approached his new venture with great enthusiasm.

Dave became increasingly convinced that American consumers wanted the handmade craftsmanship and quality of Longaberger baskets. He tried different ways to sell baskets at malls, department stores and other retails outlets, with varying degrees of success. In 1978, Dave discovered that the most effective way to sell the company?s baskets was not through retail outlets but through home shows, where an educated home consultant could show Longaberger baskets and share the history and explain the craftsmanship that each basket holds. The Longaberger Company?s direct sales organization was born.

In 1984, Dave?s daughter, Tami, joined the company full-time after her graduation from The Ohio State University. Tami worked in virtually every area of the company, and in 1994 Dave appointed her president. Working side by side until Dave's death in 1999, Tami learned her father?s management principles first-hand. Clearly cut from the same visionary cloth as her father, she used her own extraordinary gifts to diversify the company into other home lifestyle areas, which now account for nearly half of the company?s revenues.

Under Tami?s leadership, collectors have developed a passion for baskets and the company has experienced consistent annual growth. The company has been featured for its cutting edge employee programs and outstanding corporate citizenship. Dave?s younger daughter, Rachel, carries on the family?s tradition of philanthropy by heading The Longaberger Foundation, which has donated millions to local charities and educational institutions since its inception in 1998.

Today, The Longaberger Company is the premier maker of handmade baskets in the United States, employing more than 5,700 craftsmen and craftswomen as well as professional support staff and nearly 70,000 Independent Home Consultants. Under the direction of CEO and President Tami Longaberger, the company has grown to nearly a $1 billion organization and diversified into product lines including wrought iron, pottery and fabric accessories. The Longaberger name is synonymous with quality; our baskets are handmade to be handed down and home accessory items add pleasure and functionality to the home.

Longaberger is one of Forbes magazine's top privately held companies. The company was recognized as one of the largest woman-owned companies in the U.S. by Working Woman magazine and has been cited by Newman?s Own, Inc. as one of the Top 10 Most Generous Companies in America.

Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers

Auburn,

Lattitude/Longitude
44.09776, -70.229289

Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers was founded over a quarter century ago to restore the lost art of fine woodworking. Formerly a Bates college professor, Tom Moser left teaching in 1973 to start making one-of-a-kind furniture in an old Grange Hall in New Gloucester, Maine. His wife Mary managed the selling and finances, while their four sons trained as young apprentices.

There was no business plan, no product, no sense of marketing and to their banker?s horror, no cash or cash flow.

The first advertisement which ran in Down East magazine read, "Antiques are prized for their qualities of age, design and purity of craftsmanship. Our furniture is inspired by traditional design, constructed with pride and executed by hand, restoring a relationship between man and his practical art." Since then little has changed in the company?s intent or product.

Tom?s early designs bore a strong resemblance to Shaker, Queen Anne, Pennsylvania Dutch and other antique forms. From spiral stairs to a waterwheel, from wooden canteens to a harpsichord, the company?s position was, "if it?s made of wood, we can do it." In time this search for a proprietary form was synthesized into a coherent and unified body of work for the home, office and academic environment.

In nearly thirty years, the company has grown from a one-man operation to over sixty cabinetmakers (about half men and half women). Tom Moser continues to conceive and design new products in collaboration with his youngest son, David. His oldest son, Andy Moser is an accomplished craftsman and works in the shop. Aaron Moser directs the company's growing sales to universities and businesses.

In 1987 the company built a new workshop facility in Auburn, Maine, not far from its original location. In addition to mailing catalogs, Thos. Moser Cabinetmaker currently operates five showrooms located in Charleston, Chicago, Freeport, New York and San Francisco.

William Alan, Inc.

High Point,

Lattitude/Longitude
35.935409, -80.032651

As I sit down to write this introduction I think back to the things that I'm surrounded by that create a comfortable haven called home. My grandmother's old steamer trunk, an aged leather sofa and the same style leather work boots I've been wearing since I was twelve offer reassuring proof that I'm home.

This is how I would like our furniture to make you feel. We lavish detail, from design to creation, on each piece to provide you with a unique piece of furniture that reflects your personal taste and priorities. I hope you find something special that adds comfort to your home.

All the people I'm fortunate enough to work with at William Alan recognize the responsibility involved with having our furniture invited into your home. To honor that responsibility we will always make the best piece of furniture we can build and stand behind it like we've been doing since 1958.