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Norwalk Furniture ... "The Factory That Refused To Die."
... and earned recognition as an American Made Hero Company!
Business Week magazine called Norwalk Furniture "The Factory That Refused To Die." A year after 12 local families invested
in their town's biggest employer, several employees share their feelings about their jobs, their company and the investors
and furniture stores who made it all possible.
Whenever a prominent company is about to close, "the temptation for too many people is to throw up their hands and say it's inevitable," says Lesch. "We said, 'Wait a minute, this is really, really important. We're going to stand up and fight.' " ."
All those who fought to keep Norwalk open and fellow Americans employed they are our ...
That Norwalk is still producing furniture at all, however, is a business miracle. The 107-year-old manufacturer has been buffeted by the housing bust, Chinese competition, its own poor judgment, and the credit crunch—a toxic brew if there ever was one. Last year Norwalk's owners, the fourth generation of the founding Gerken family, gave up the fight and closed the factory's doors, unable to meet the demands of lenders. Dozens of retailers who relied on the company stood to go out of business themselves.
But instead of becoming one more piece of bad news floating on a sea of economic disasters, Norwalk has emerged as a survivor of sorts. An unlikely coalition of investors, factory workers, and politicians have joined together to reopen the factory. Now the business is above water, if just barely.
"Norwalk Furniture has quite a unique story. We are very proud of our American made custom order furniture.!"
American Made Heroes (AMH) is a unique non-partisan, with absolutely no political preference or affiliation, grass-roots organization solely focused on
supporting, strengthening and expanding USA's domestic manufacturing. American Made Heroes applauds and salutes the growing group of American domestic manufacturers who proudly
manufacture here in the USA and deserve America's special recognition and respect. American Made Heroes (AMH) also recognizes and salutes those among us who advocate for the implementation of policy solutions to
immediately support our domestic manufacturers over unfair trade practiced by any & all foreign competitors.