The team at Safety Speed Manufacturing joins in applauding the reshoring trend bringing production back to the U.S., but it will not be joining the movement anytime soon. Its 65,000 woodworking machines have been proudly made in the USA since its first vertical panel saw was manufactured 57 years ago.
Ovation Guitars will once again be made in the United States following its purchase earlier this year by Oxnard, CA-based Drum Workshop. Production is expected to start up this month, following the August announcement by Drum Workshop to reopen the plant and reshore production.
Wood industry vacuum lift automation firm Schmalz Inc. will invest $7 million in expanding its plant in Raleigh, NC. Groundbreaking for the six acre site, adjacent to a 20,000 square foot facility opened in 2009, was held June 9.
At the High Point Market, Klaussner Furniture spins out a line with country singer Tricia Yearwood, and Chicago Bears' Jared Allen joined with Lane Furniture to unveil the Valor recliner, sales funding Allen's Home For Wounded Warriors Foundation.
Reshoring wood furniture manufacturing to the United States is challenged by higher lumber pricing. Stanley Furniture, closing its Robbinsville, NC furniture factory, says China's big buyers got better deals on U.S. wood and veneer.