Lancaster manufacturing launch features urban industrial Amish furniture
June 29, 2017 | 11:51 am CDT
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LANCASTER, Penn. - Knot & Ore, LLC is a new contemporary design furniture manufacturer launching on July 1, 2017. The company specializes in urban industrial, reclaimed, and live edge indoor furniture. Most of the materials are sourced locally, and all of the manufacturing is done in Lancaster.


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Drawing on diverse experience with metal and wood, the team at Knot & Ore says it "strives to bring these (two, essential, elemental) components together in (memorable, beautiful) ways. The brand seeks to offer a highly customized customer experience that treats each piece of furniture as an end to itself. While some furniture is organized into collections, each piece is designed and built exactly to the customer’s standards."


Why We Started a New Business in Lancaster

Steve Riehl speaks at Wood Pro Expo about design trends and Amish traditions that brought Knot & Ore to launch a new business.

Knot & Ore offers complimentary 3D renderings to help customers visualize a piece before it is built. The team includes a majority of Amish craftsman whose specialty and time-honored techniques shine through in the final products. Steve Riehl will [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"94934","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","typeof":"foaf:Image"}}]]outline his company's launch during Wood Pro Expo on October 20, 2017 at the Lancaster, PA, Host Expo and Conference Center.

"The idea for this company started when the guys at Breeo, a steel manufacturing company, and the Steve at Byerstown Woodworks started discussing doing wood/metal urban industrial furniture," says Jonathan Miller, who handles marketing. "Of all the Amish manufacturing companies in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana there didn't appear to be anyone building this type of furniture."

Jonathan Miller, marketing, strategy, and lifestyle. He has a background in furniture marketing & developing wholesale distribution networks. 
Those original discussions morphed into real designing and manufacturing, and the company Knot & Ore was born. The concept of building high quality, locally made urban industrial furniture is the primary aim of Knot & Ore.
Furniture is built using only American Hardwoods & American steel.  Live edge pieces are sourced locally from Pennsylvania. Exposed welds, rivets, and clear finishes allow the character of the metal to shine through.

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Bill wrote for, FDMC and Closets & Organized Storage magazines. 

Bill's background includes more than 10 years in print manufacturing management, followed by more than 30 years in business reporting on industrial manufacturing in the forest products industries, including printing and packaging at American Printer (Features Editor) and Graphic Arts Monthly (Editor in Chief) magazines; and in secondary wood manufacturing for

Bill was deeply involved with the launches of the Woodworking Network Leadership Forum, and the 40 Under 40 Awards programs. He currently reports on technology and business trends and develops conference programs.

In addition to his work as a journalist, Bill supports efforts to expand and improve educational opportunities in the manufacturing sectors, including 10 years on the Print & Graphics Scholarship Foundation; six years with the U.S. WoodLinks; and currently on the Woodwork Career Alliance Education Committee. He is also supports the Greater West Town Training Partnership Woodworking Program, which has trained more than 950 adults for industrial wood manufacturing careers. 

Bill volunteers for Foinse Research Station, a biological field station staddling the border of Ireland and Northern Ireland, one of more than 200 members of the Organization of Biological Field Stations.