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.