Amor Furniture expanding production to replicate 'Lane-style' furniture

Amor Furniture and Bedding, a Ramseur, N.C.-based promotional stationary furniture and mattress manufacturer, has bought the former Benchcraft Upholstery Inc. plant in Staley, N.C., for $500,000. Benchcraft closed last year after the death of its owner, Craig Wright.

According to The High Point Enterprise, the company plans to introduce a new mid-priced line of furniture at the High Point Market in October. The line, the paper reported,  seeks to replicate the best-selling items of the Lane brand produced by United Furniture Industries, which went out of business in November.

President Spiro Laousis said the Benchcraft plant was purchased intact about two months ago with all the contents, fixtures, machinery and even fabric, allowing Amor to hit the ground running in the building.

He said that to ensure authenticity, Amor Furniture purchased most of the contents of United's Trinity production plant intact out of bankruptcy court, transported about 30 trailers of raw material, patterns, fabric and frames to Staley, and workers are now seeking to get it all organized at the former Benchcraft plant.

"We were all worried that we wouldn't have the space or time to develop, roll out and produce the new lineup in time for Market with our current space restraints," he told the Enterprise. "The old Benchcraft plant in Staley fell from the sky and at the perfect time."

He said he hopes that furniture production can begin this month, and initially will employ 15-20 workers.


Have something to say? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

Profile picture for user larryadams
About the author
Larry Adams | Editor

Larry Adams is a Chicago-based writer and editor who writes about how things get done. A former wire service and community newspaper reporter, Larry is an award-winning writer with more than three decades of experience. In addition to writing about woodworking, he has covered science, metrology, metalworking, industrial design, quality control, imaging, Swiss and micromanufacturing . He was previously a Tabbie Award winner for his coverage of nano-based coatings technology for the automotive industry. Larry volunteers for the historic preservation group, the Kalo Foundation/Ianelli Studios, and the science-based group, Chicago Council on Science and Technology (C2ST).