MADISON, Va. - A 180-year-old company that prided itself on producing residential furniture built to last has announced it will close its doors within the year. Posted on E.A. Clore Sons' website, the company said, "It was a very difficult decision to make. Our family and craftsmen have worked for many decades, proud of the fine furniture they created."

Founded in 1830, Clore said it was once the eighth oldest family business in America. The solid hardwood, Early American furniture, has been manufactured using traditional methods of joinery.  In an interview with NBC29.com, Clore descendent and company President Tony Coppage said, ""The machinery has changed, but the technique has not. We still put the same effort into the joinery and the techniques that were used to make furniture in the 1800."

 
Photo E.A. Clore Sons website

New orders will be filled as manpower and materials allow, the Madison, Virginia-based company said.

A Facebook post by Clore said, "Quality was always job one. Our craftsmen, many with 25-50 years of experience, worked with great pride, knowing the furniture they produced would be used for generations. You, our customers, became friends and the best advertising possible. The family would like to extend to all of you our deepest appreciation for the support of this endeavor over the many, many years."

Photo: E.A. Clore Sons website

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