Reputation for Relaxation

Troutman Chair soothes with their handmade furniture

Amid the stacks of chair frames, wooden legs and machinery inside the Troutman Chair Company factory in Statesville, North Carolina, sits a long table surrounded by brightly colored chairs. Large enough to seat 12, the table was built by works in the small factory to serve as a communal dining space, with each employee claiming their own colored chair. Like a family dining table, this piece serves as a gathering place, where coworkers share meals and forge bods, enjoying a culture of family cultivated for nearly a century.

The culture comes from the top-owners Champ and Jean Land, who purchased the company in 1999 from the family who originally launched Troutman Chair in 1924. At that time, Troutman mostly produced Shaker-style rockers, chairs and stools, selling them primarly in the Southeast U.S. The Lands envisioned more for the business and set forth on a plan to take the humble chair company to the next level.

By Jennifer Bringle

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