A few weeks ago, we had the opportunity to attend Hickory Chair University in Hickory, North Carolina. The program consists of bringing in their clients for a two-day tour of their case goods and upholstery factories in order to show them the time, energy, and thought that goes into make the quality pieces currently being made by Hickory Chair. Below, you can see some of the images taken during these tours. Enjoy!
A worker cutting wood for a specific piece being constructed.
Team members sand each piece in various areas of the factory. Some tables contain vacuums to suck dust and particles up to be burned later to supply energy to the factory.
A board in the factory shows all of the pieces scheduled to be built each day of the week. Carts containing the parts for such pieces can be seen along the windows.
Inlay is applied by hand in every piece produced by Hickory Chair.
Chairs that are awaiting to be stained or painted.
Team members apply stains and paint to pieces within the Paint Department.
Some pieces are attached to tracks and slowly travel through large ovens to help them dry.
Legs are made for each piece using machines that can generate them in large quantities.
COM (Customer's Own Materials) are deliver to Hickory Chair's factory, inspected for quality and fit on the customer's product, and then stored until ready for use.
Fabric Cutting (left) and Leather Cutting (right) Departments.
Sewers generating the casings for Hickory Chair pieces.
Once the casings and fabric have been prepaired for a piece, the item is put in the queue for construction with all its casings and cushions.
A team member hand ties each spring within each piece.
A team member tufting a sofa he is currently constructing.
A team member applying nail heads by hand.
Once an upholstered piece is complete, is is put in the "Plant Hold" section either to await its twin if part of a pair or to await transfer to the Shipping Department.