Marge Carson shutters residential furniture operations
October 7, 2022 | 10:44 am CDT
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SOUTH EL MONTE, Calif. - High-end residential furniture manufacturer Marge Carson will cease operations at the end of the month. The company specialized in upholstery, casegoods, occasional and accent furniture.

In a note to employees and customers, CEO Jim LaBarge cited health issues for winding down the 75-year-old business. According to news sources, LaBarge said attempts to sell the business had fallen through, due in part to economic uncertainties. In addition to its headquarters in California, the company has a production facility in Mexico, as well as operations in the Philippines and Indonesia.

Marge Carson was ranked 258 on the 2022 FDMC 300, an annual list of the largest North American wood products producers, based on sales. The privately-owned company was founded in 1947 by interior designer Marjorie Carson.

In 2021 Rock House Farm, parent company of Century Furniture, Hancock & Moore, Maitland Smith and others, purchased the casegoods design library from Marge Carson for an undisclosed sum.

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Karen M. Koenig has more than 30 years of experience in the woodworking industry, including visits to wood products manufacturing facilities throughout North America, Europe and Asia. As editor of special publications under the Woodworking Network brand, including the Red Book Best Practices resource guide and website, Karen’s responsibilities include writing, editing and coordinating of editorial content. She is also a contributor to FDMC and other Woodworking Network online and print media owned by CCI Media. She can be reached at [email protected]