MADISON, Va. - E.A. Clore Sons, a 180-year-old company priding itself on producing residential furniture built to last, announced last May that it would close its doors before the end of the year.
The announcement sparked an overwhelming response however, and new orders flooded in.
After EA Clore says orders “poured into the office” the company confirmed will continue taking orders indefinitely. The confirmation was posted to the company’s Facebook page.
Company President Troy Coppage told The Free Lance-Star that he could not say how much longer the business will remain open. He said it will take up to eight months just to clear the current backlog of orders.
“Any prediction we’ve had for the last eight to 10 months has been off,” he said.“We’re just kind of blessed with the response we’ve gotten, and people have kind of spoken and said they want us to hang around. We’re gonna hang on us long as we can.”
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."
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