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Perfecting Assembly Piece by Piece

“Meet the Makers” is one of our favorite features from our factory partners – Old Dominion Furniture Company. This time we meet Charlie, who has been with Old Dominion Furniture Company for 31 years! In our opinion, it says a lot about a company, when you have veterans like Charlie around. Read on below and see how Charlie has been perfecting assembly, piece by piece!

 

Originally from West Virginia, Charlie has a background in construction. Applying and interviewing for a position in 1990, he was hired on the spot! His first job was in the finishing department, spraying and finishing high chair and chair frames. With quick hands and an eye for detail, he quickly moved from Finishing to Assembly, where he has continually honed his skill and now leads the team responsible for building all the chairs, barstools and child seating.

Charlie’s dedication and commitment stems from a love of his hands-on role. He feels that this position, perfecting assembly piece by piece, is “what he was destined to do,” partly because he actively builds and works with his hands every day. Another part of what makes the job special for Charlie is the people. He is a true team player, and his upbeat, friendly personality makes him great to work with and for.

Old Dominion Furniture Company owner John says of Charlie: “Charlie is immensely loyal and, after 31 years, embodies what we mean when we say Old Dominion Family!”

Meet the Makers: Covering Seating One Stitch at a Time

We are thrilled to bring you another installment of one of our favorite features from Old Dominion Furniture Co.: Meet the Makers!

Meet the Makers: RodneyToday, we are meeting Rodney, who heads up the Upholstery Department at Old Dominion Furniture Co.. To him, upholstery is an art form: “It is just like making a picture. You have to connect seams and patterns to create a flow between each part of the booth and all booths in a series. No two pieces are the same!”

And Rodney would know. He began working for Old Dominion Furniture Co. seven years ago as a laborer and now leads the team that installs fabric, vinyl and leather on all seating. Though his background was in the wood industry, upholstery has become his passion. He calls himself a “dedicated perfectionist” and loves structure, so his job overseeing all upholstery department details suits him well.

The close-knit relationship among the department are an added bonus.

“It feels like family here,” Rodney says. “We work as a team, and every day is an opportunity for us to learn something new.”

 

So what does the upholstery team do? The upholstery team at Old Dominion Furniture is hands-on and responsible for figuring out yardage, fabricating custom patterns, building the underlying structure of all seats and backs, as well as meticulously sewing each covering. Additionally, they expertly craft and apply finishing details like upholstered buttons, welt cord and nailhead trim. Rodney in action

Finally, they ensure that each piece is steamed, wrinkle-free and looking flawless before leaving the floor!

For us it is so wonderful to learn more about who is behind the beautiful furniture from Old Dominion Furniture Co., so stay tuned as we share more “Meet the Makers” in the future.

 

 

Mixology by Forbes with Chris Adams

Mixology Carts by Forbes with Chris Adams Forbes Industries has partnered with mixology expert, Chris Adams, to design a series of mobile mixology carts perfect for today’s restaurants, catering, food & beverage, and hotel events. This partnership resulted in the game changing Mixology Carts by Forbes with Chris Adams!

Early in his career, Chris Adams was trained by a Master Bartender. Under this tutelage, Chris learned to be technically sound in the art and chemistry of Mixology. Further, he gained an understanding of the intangible feelings guests have, as a connection with each drink. BUT, having in depth knowledge of all the elements being used, was only part of the equation. The stories and history behind those elements and pairings, gave him the foundation needed to maximize his skills.

The only missing piece was having a method to deliver these experiences to guests. Chris and the Forbes Design Team collaborated to create several design concepts resulting in a unique line of Mixology Carts. Specifically designed to enhance the presentation of the Mixologist, their tools and ingredients, the Mixology Carts are simple and yet practical.

So, what are the benefits of these Mixology Carts?

  • Built-In Everything: Designed with functionality in mind, the top tier models of Mixology Carts are available with all the bells and whistles. This could include adjustable gallery rails, extending speed rails, built in garnish and drip trays, storage for liquor, mixology tools, crushed and large format ice, a glass rinser and so much more!
  • Three Top Configuration Options: Depending on your needs, Forbes offers three configuration options for the top.
  • Customizable Cold Storage: Designed for the experienced user, the insulated Mixology Carts accepts standard size food pans. This allows for the Mixologist to organize their ingredients. If items need to stay cold and not wet, it separates them from the ice. Within easy reach, you can store larger pans for ice, which make for easy swap out during sevice.
  • Multiple Price Points: To ensure you get the Mixology Cart you desire, each design is available at multiple price points.
  • Boosted Social Media Presence: Mixology Carts are sure to create special one of a kind, post-worthy moments!