Company wants to add about 65 experienced workers Sherrill Furniture expanding in Burke County

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Posted: Friday, January 15, 2010 6:00 am

One man ties springs for furniture as fast as his fingers will fly while another nails up a frame on what will be a sofa.

It's not a sight as common as when Burke County had many furniture plants, but it's one Sherrill Furniture Co. officials want to see more.

The family-owned company is expanding its operation at 518 Drexel Road and wants to hire more employees.

Steve Cartee, manager of the Morganton plant, said they're looking to get back to around 200 employees. The factory off I-40 exit 106, behind Timberwood Family Restaurant, now has about 135 workers.

Cartee said they want experienced cutters, sewers, upholsterers and springers. He said those interested can fill out an application at the plant.

The new jobs here resulted from Sherrill Furniture closing its High Point upholstery operation. The company has about 1,000 employees at five facilities in Catawba and Burke counties.

"The expansion of Sherrill's workforce here in Burke County is welcomed news in light of the job losses in the furniture industry that Burke has experienced in the last eight years," said Bruce Hawkins, chairman of the Burke County Board of Commission, in a prepared statement,

Company officials say the reason they decided to move its High Point operation to Burke County is because of the highly skilled workforce here.

Cartee; Charles Sherrill, director of manufacturing; and Don Price, director of human resources, repeatedly talked about that workforce on Thursday when they announced the consolidation.

Walking around the plant, Sherrill also said moving overseas wasn't an option.

"We can't deliver this kind of quality from overseas," Sherrill said.

He also talked about meeting on Thursday with customers from China who want to buy furniture from every Sherrill division so they can resell it in their country.

Sherrill Furniture sells contemporary and traditional high-end furniture that includes everything from home theater and living room furniture to bedroom and dinning room pieces. Corporate customers include Boyles, Macy's, Baers and Louis Shanks. Individual buyers also can custom-order furniture.

The company was started in 1944 and opened a plant in Morganton in 1971, Cartee said.

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