Belgium Office Furniture Firm to Bring Manufacturing to USA

By Karen Koenig | Posted: 09/18/2013 11:00AM

 

BuzziSpace HIGH POINT, NC – More than 100 jobs could be created in the High Point area if a European contract furniture company brings its manufacturing to the United States.

Antwerp, Belgium-based BuzziSpace is considering using an existing 105,000-square-foot building in High Point to manufacture its office furniture and acoustical treatments, made from sustainable materials.

According to the High Point Economic Development Corp., the project would add 113 full-time jobs to the area over five years, with an average wage $41,011. Two-thirds of the jobs would be in manufacturing and distribution.

The HPEDC also said BuzziSpace's location of a manufacturing facility would add $1.6 million to the local tax base – in addition to its purchase of the facility. The facility could be in operation as early as March 2014.

High Point Enterprises reports BuzziSpace owners said the company's decision to manufacture in the United States is in order to be in closer proximity to much of its customer base. BuzziSpace has been an exhibitor at NeoCon in recent years.

The High Point City Council has already authorized up to $162,000 in economic incentives, according to High Point Enterprises. The Guilford County Board of Commissioners will vote Sept. 19 on whether to authorize up to $113,000 for the project. HPEDC said the State of North Carolina may also participate in the project.

In addition to High Point, two other out-of-state locations are under consideration, the group said.

 

About the Author

Karen M. Koenig

Karen M. Koenig has more than 25 years of experience in the woodworking industry, including visits to wood products manufacturing facilities throughout North America, Europe and Asia. As Editor-in-Chief of Wood Products (formerly Wood & Wood Products), Karen’s primary responsibilities include spearheading the writing, editing and coordinating of the editorial content of the publication, along with the Red Book resource guide and the Red Book online source and supply directory (RedBookOnline.com). She is also a frequent contributor to other Woodworking Network online and print media. She can be reached at kkoenig@woodworkingnetwork.com or Google+.

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