Craftique Furniture closing in Mebane


Craftique Furniture in March 2011 (WGHP)

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MEBANE -- A Mebane furniture maker is closing its doors after 66 years of service.

Co-owner John Erwin said Craftique will close its factory in May. Since 1946, the company has made high-end mahogany furniture by hand.

"The demand for heirloom-quality furniture is shrinking because we are a disposable society," Erwin said.

The closure will result in the layoffs of 25 people, many of which had decades of service with the company.

"Your emotions run the gamut. There's a lot of sadness. There's a lot of pride of what we have accomplished through the years and what the company has stood for," Erwin said.

The company is honoring all current open orders. Existing inventory will be sold during a “Going Out of Business Sale” Thursday at its factory store in Burlington.

"For years we have been fortunate to have loyalty from that consumer. Thursday will be exciting, but at the same time it will be one of the final chapters for the company," Erwin said.

The Burlington Times News reported it's possible for a potential buyer to be found in the next few months.

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