Furniture manufacturer to expand near Charlotte and add 72 jobs

Furniture manufacturer to expand near Charlotte and add 72 jobs

CATAWBA COUNTY, NC (Wei Zhou/The Charlotte Observer) - Upholstered furniture maker Sutter Street Manufacturing plans to create 72 new jobs with an investment of $1.9 million over the next three years in the Catawba County town of Claremont, Gov. Roy Cooper said Wednesday.

"North Carolina is home to some of the most skilled furniture talent in the world," Cooper said, in a statement. "It's that talent that keeps furniture manufacturers here, and this expansion is a testament to the health of the furniture industry in North Carolina."

Sutter Street Manufacturing is a subsidiary of national high-end home furnishings retailer Williams-Sonoma, and produces upholstered home furnishings for brands including Pottery Barn, West Elm and Williams-Sonoma Home. The state is providing a $300,000 grant from the One North Carolina Fund to assist with the expansion.

The grant is dependent on the company hitting certain hiring and performance-based targets, and requires a matching grant from local governments.

"Sutter Street Manufacturing has grown to support 583 full-time jobs in Catawba County for highly skilled furniture artisans," N.C. Commerce Secretary Anthony Copeland said. "The company's facilities need upgrading to keep pace with this growth, and this grant will help make that happen."

Average salaries for the new jobs are expected to be $47,840, well above the Catawba County's current average annual wage of $39,780.

"Ten years ago, we decided to invest in North Carolina and Catawba County because of the vast pool of skilled furniture craftsmen and women," said Darryl Webster, vice president of Sutter Street Manufacturing, in a statement.