621 Liledoun Road, Taylorsville, NC 28681
For Immediate Release
Contact: David Icenhour
Craftmaster Furniture awarded $300,000
grant from NC Department of Commerce
ALEXANDER COUNTY, NC (August 19, 2016) — Officials with the North Carolina Department of Commerce
announced on August 18 that a $300,000 building renovation grant has been awarded to Craftmaster Furniture
to assist with phase II of a renovation project at Plant 4 located on NC Hwy. 90 East.
Craftmaster has pledged to create at least 30 new full time positions as part of the grant requirements, and
the company’s total investment in this portion of the project is approximately $1.7 million. Renovations include
roofing, electrical systems, lighting, ventilation systems and interior offices.
“We greatly appreciate the support that we have experienced since purchasing this empty facility,” said
Craftmaster President and CEO Roy Calcagne. “This grant will allow Craftmaster to complete the renovation of
our plant 4 facility which now employs about 110 people. Three years ago, this building was an eyesore to the
community. After investing more than $2 million to create a state of the art manufacturing facility, we are ready
to expand even further by investing an additional $1.7 million. We will create another 30 jobs with this expan-
sion which shows that the furniture industry is growing and thriving and also shows just how committed
Craftmaster is to Alexander County. I would like to thank the county’s economic development staff for helping
us through the grant process, and I would like to thank the County Commissioners for their ongoing support,”
Originally constructed in 1950, the former Broyhill plant was purchased by Craftmaster in 2013. The building
was in severe disrepair and had been empty for several years. A 2014 renovation grant from the N.C.
Department of Commerce was awarded and resulted in the creation of approximately 110 new jobs in the facil-
ity. Matching funds, amounting to five percent of the renovation grant amount, are provided by Alexander County
Government to fund grant administration.
“Alexander County Commissioners made a commitment several years ago to economic development and
established as a priority to do what we could to help our local businesses create new, good paying jobs in
Alexander County,” said Commission Chairman Ryan Mayberry. “So, it is with great pleasure that we participate
with Craftmaster, and other employers, in projects that accomplish this goal.”
Mayberry pointed out that the unemployment rate in Alexander County has been on a steady delcline since
2009, and he credited Craftmaster, and other local manufacturers, as being a critical factor in that improvement.
“Alexander County has went from a high unemployment rate of 14.7 percent just a few years ago, to 4.5 per-
cent which is one of the lowest unemployment rates of any county in the state,” Mayberry said. “But, there is
still work to do. That’s why it is so important to work with our local businesses in ways to help them expand and
grow here in Alexander County. On behalf of county commissioners and the citizens of the county, I want to
commend Craftmaster’s efforts. It’s companies like Craftmaster Furniture that make Alexander County a great
place to live.” Craftmaster Furniture was founded in 1972. By 1974, the company had constructed a 50,000 square feet
facility in the community of Hiddenite where they employed about 50 people. Craftmaster was purchased in May
2006 by Samson Holdings and has continued to grow its business, making Craftmaster one of the most well-
known upholstery manufacturers in the country.
Over the past 44 years, the company has continued its growth pattern and, today, occupies some 600,000
square feet of space and has 619 full time employees.
In early 2016, Craftmaster signed a licensing agreement with celebrity chef, Rachael Ray. This upholstery
line features some 60 fabrics that are exclusive to Rachael Ray.
For more information about Craftmaster Furniture, visit www.cmfurniture.com.