Furniture maker moving from Winston-Salem to Davie Co.

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- A Winston-Salem furniture manufacturer is moving its operations to a larger facility in Davie County, adding 21 jobs in the process.

Beaufurn, a designer and manufacturer of furniture for hotels, restaurants, universities, airports, food courts, coffee shops and commercial customers worldwide, is moving its furniture manufacturing operations to Bermuda Run.

The company is moving to the former Jeffco Building, a 72,000 square-foot facility located on Highway 158. Company officials said the move is scheduled to be completed by August 1.

"Despite the economy, we've been able to add jobs constantly over the last three years and have seen a real explosive growth over the last two years," said Thomas Bongaert, whose father, Bill Bongaert, started the company in 1996.

Company officials said sales are up 30 percent thanks to more customers wanting higher quality and longer lasting furniture that's made in America.

"We have customers request products to come from the states instead of offshore," said Ben Auman, Beaufurn production manager. "It does make people feel good to have stuff move back to North Carolina."

Beaufurn furnishings can be found in Starbucks, Marriott Hotels, Cheesecake Factory Stores, Burger Kings, Verizon Wireless stores, Universal Studios, Las Vegas Casinos and more.

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