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Butler sale leaves local plant intact

SoVaNow.com / February 12, 2014
A furniture manufacturer with a production facility in Chase City, Butler Woodcrafters, Inc. has been acquired by Sauder Manufacturing Company of Archbold, Ohio. The casegoods company employs nearly 70 people at its plant in Chase City and an additional 10 at its corporate offices near Richmond.

At Monday’s meeting of Chase City Town Council, Mayor Eddie Bratton said the Chase City operation will not be affected by the acquisition and the 68 manufacturing jobs at the plant will remain intact. He added that he was gratified that Mac Butler, co-President of Butler Woodcrafters, “apparently worked to protect the longevity of the local plant and we appreciate that family legacy very much.”

Begun in 1980, Butler Woodcrafters is the most senior manufacturing operation in Chase City. Once known as Butler Lumber Company, it is now a “leading provider of institutional furniture specializing in furnishing universities and schools, community-based programs, supportive housing providers, health care facilities, and fire stations,” according to the company.

Officials with Butler Woodcrafters and Sauder declined to reveal the purchase price or other details of the transaction, completed at the end of January.

However, Sauder Woodworking president and CEO Kevin Sauder told Furniture Today magazine that the acquisition of Butler Woodcrafters would “bring his company’s contract furniture business to about $100 million.”

Sauder’s contract business produces furniture for the worship market as well as higher education and health care facilities. Butler Woodworking adds a fourth major component to Sauder’s contract business — bedroom furniture for human services organizations such as adult residential facilities.

Established in 1934, the Sauder family of companies consists of Sauder Woodworking, makers of ready-to-assemble furniture; WoodTrac, makers of ceiling systems and wholesale closet organizing systems; Sauder Funeral Products, makers of caskets and funeral industry products; Progressive, a designer and importer of wood bedroom, dining and accent furniture; and Sauder Manufacturing Co., makers of institutional furniture.

Calls seeking comment to Larry Giamo, the new president of Sauder Manufacturing Company in Chase City, were not returned.

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