Design Foundry invests millions in furniture plant

Design Foundry home in North Carolina.


Design Foundry, LLC, will open a new furniture manufacturing facility in Catawba County, NC, creating 202 new jobs over five years. The company plans to invest more than $3.1 million in the project.

“We are excited to make Catawba County our home,” said Eric Fulcher, CEO/President of Design Foundry. “The community has a strong tradition of being makers of great things, with furniture being an important part of that history. Investments in STEM programs within Catawba County helped affirm our decision to select Hickory, NC as the location for this new company. We believe Catawba County can be at the forefront of combining innovative technology with the artisan craft."

Design Foundry will manufacture upholstered furniture in partnership with an undisclosed furniture and home-goods retailer

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