Furniture company re-launches itself, in the U.S.
Bruce Cochrane is the owner of Lincolnton Furniture Company in Lincolnton, N.C. Earlier this year, Cochrane relaunched the company more than three years after it had closed its doors.
Cochrane originally owned and ran a family furniture factory in Lincolnton that extended back five generations, to the 1850s. However, by the mid-1990s, the U.S. furniture industry was in decline and Cochrane was forced to close the factory.
It bothered Cochrane, though, to see the adverse impact of globalization on North Carolina, as factory after factory closed its doors.
Now, with a workforce of about 55, Cochrane is back in the furniture business. Cochrane believes it may be profitable again to produce in the U.S. He explains: "To do something like this HAS to be a business decision. But it is emotional and it is sentimental to be able to come back and make something again and to impact people in such a positive way."
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