Grand Rapids Chair Company

Past Tradition

GR Chair Co

Grand Rapids in the early part of the 20th century was the center of the fine furniture industry (eg Baker, Widdicomb)….partly because it was close to a major raw material source….hardwoods….and skilled craftsman . Later on that industry moved to North Carolina….again close to plentiful hardwood supply.

Many of our suppliers still came from Grand Rapids….though North Carolina/Virginia/Mississippi manufacturers became more prominent in the 70’s.

It’s nice to see a company like Grand Rapids Chair again in Grand Rapids….though in a somewhat different industry segment. Established in 1997 by Dave Miller, a former executive with John Widdicomb, Inc….Grand Rapids Chair is a provider of chairs and tables to institutional and commercial customers. Their products are nicely designed and manufactured in their Grand Rapids factory.

The lesson: Find the correct market….create appealing designs….make good products….deliver when promised.


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