McCONNELLSVILLE, N.Y. — Less than a month after shuttering its doors, Harden Furniture has recalled 82 workers as the longtime residential and contract furniture maker resumes limited production at its McConnellsville, New York factory.
A Feb. 12 amendment to the New York Department of Labor WARN notice indicated the remainder of the company's 90 employees are on re-call should the production schedule warrant additional call backs. While the notice indicates the company anticipates operations will continue through April 12 for "minimal production," Harden Furniture CEO Greg Harden told Syracuse.com that he is hopeful that production will continue beyond that date, and the remaining employees back on the job.
The company's future has been in limbo since Feb. 1 when its assets were in a foreclosure auction to Big Shoulders Capital, a loan firm based in Northbrook, Illinois. After closing the plant briefly, Harden announced last week the company would resume limited production. In an email to media last week, Harden said, “We continue to have very productive discussions with investors, potential strategic partners and other parties that hopefully will allow us to complete the restructuring and return to full operations.”
The McConnellsville, New York-based firm has been in business since 1844. Until recently, Harden Furniture was family owned and operated, with Greg Harden representing the fifth generation. After turning down an acquisition bid in 2015 by an Asian firm, in 2016 the company underwent a leveraged buyout of 75 percent of the company by private equity firm Miramar Capital Partners. That move ultimately led to the Article 9 auction by Gencap Solutions, which had provided funding to Miramar for the acquisition.