GAINESVILLE, Ga. - A school furniture manufacturer whose market for school library furniture, desks and chairs has dwindled, goes up for auction this week. Machinery on sale reflects a somewhat static approach to maintaining production operations, with few computers in sight, and vintage names plates that are almost period art.
Third generation owner Harry Bagwell told WSB-TV he has been working 33 years at Georgia Chair, since his childhood. His grandfather opened the business in 1914. Bagwell says school systems are no longer buying quality furniture, ending his company's business in library furnishings, desks and chairs for schools.
A Northwood dual head CNC is one sign of computer controlled operations. The auction is being conducted by Industrial Recovery Services online this week. items purchased must be removed by October 28, 2016. The business is situated on a 5.5 acre lot.
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