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Furniture company hires local firefighters before furniture market

HIGH POINT, N.C. -- Klaussner Home Furnishings, based in Asheboro, is preparing it’s 90,000 square foot showroom on Hamilton Street for the 2016 Fall High Point Furniture Market.

Moving showroom pieces, painting and hanging fixtures are just some of thing left to do to prepare.

Creative Director Elissa Engels said many of those tasks are made possible with the help of local department firefighters.

“They put their lives on the line every day for us and the least we could do is give back and help out the local economy with jobs during market,” Engels said.

Klaussner employs nearly 15 firefighters in the Piedmont Triad through the course of the market duration.

“As firefighters, most of us have multiple jobs and this is one of those jobs that we enjoy doing and it helps us and it helps them,” said Pleasant Garden Fireman Lt. Brian Forbis.

The firemen not only help in setup but shuttle guests to locations during market.

“The last market ,we ended up in Charlotte, we picked up a couple customers from the airport,” said Greensboro Fireman Larry Howard.

High Point City leaders expect more than 75,000 visitors to High Point during the Fall Furniture Market Oct. 22-26.