Project to Promote Western North Carolina Made Furniture and Home Furnishings for Retail Stores

— Written By Norma Chrisawn

NCSU Golden LEAF Foundation Grant to Promote Western North Carolina Made Furniture and Home Furnishings for Retail Stores

Anyone interested in manufacturing, making or buying North Carolina made wood furniture: groups of interest — shops and factories, vendors of needed materials and retail stores — are invited to come to a meeting at the Yancey County Extension Center, 10 Orchard Drive, Burnsville, NC, on Monday, March 16th, at 10:00 a.m., to discuss the project.

This project is sponsored by the Golden LEAF Foundation and the Wood Products Extension Department of North Carolina State University. The purpose of this grant project is to support growing sales, profitability and employment by small woodworking shops and retail furniture and home furnishing businesses. The project focuses on the fifty westernmost counties of North Carolina that consist of eleven urban and thirty-nine rural counties. We are hopeful that many of the dollars now spent on globally manufactured furniture and home furnishings can be replaced by NC made goods.

This project is well suited to assist existing wood shops who would like to add a regular product line to the custom work they already produce. Startup companies can also be assisted by this project that offers helpful information about making wood products as well as providing connecting links to retail stores for furniture and home furnishings. For more details regarding the project and its value, please see the Golden LEAF Brochure.

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