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ISBN NO. 1543-3803
August 2017
Volume 9 No. 8


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PO Box 7240, St. Louis, MO 63177.
(314) 291-0400, Fax (314)291-6260

500 South Centennial St.
High Point, NC 27260
Tel: 336.841.8162
Fax: (336) 841-8794
Manufacturer of wicker/metal and contemporary designs of various materials. Choose from casual dining to large accent and accessory pieces.

830 City Ave S
# A
Ripley, MS Tel: 662.993.9121
Fax: (877) 726-1621

This was a new company and I did not have an opportunity to see their products before they apparently closed up. Knowing the management team that started them I would have expected they should have had some of the best quality available in the $1000 to $1500 price range. Unfortunately it appears they either started up and immediately folded, or they've gone into haitus. If anyone knows whether they are still in business, or of Phoenix Furniture Group is still around please let me know through the contact page.

P. O. Box 490
1610 Deborah Herman RD Tate Blvde Ext.
Conover, NC 28613
828-322-1262, fax: 828-322-7267
J. Royale was a major supplier for Breuners Home Furnishings which operated 47 stores throughout Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and the San Francisco area. Breuners filed Chapter 11 in July of 2004 and said they intend to close all their stores and liquidate their assets. This was a major blow to J. Royale who had a sizable investment in inventory and receivables with Breuners. The last word I heard as of July 27, 2004 J. Royale is closing indefinately. They were a high end manufacturer of sofas, sleep sofas, love seats, chairs and ottomans constructed with solid hardwood frames and fully upholstered. Known for their beautiful fabrics and styles, J. Royale was one of the true values in the furniture industry with great quality and reasonable prices. We hope they are able to recover because the industry cannot afford to lose such a great source of quality upholstery when we are being inundated with so much junk.

P.O. Box 1359
Cleveland, TN 37364
Tel: (423) 476-8544
From the Jackson Furniture (Catnapper) website:

Born in 1903, Mr Ray Jackson left very humble beginnings in Cleveland, TN to set out on his own at age 16. After working for several years in an auto assembly plant in Ohio, he returned back South to Tennessee to try the chair upholstery business. After quickly learning the upholstery craft, he took the $30 in his pocket—ALL that was left after the banks closed during the Great Depression and started Jackson Furniture Company. The business grew and grew with expanded factories and more people hired and put to work. His $30 gamble paid off as by the 1970’s, he had over 1.3 million square feet of furniture manufacturing space in TN, MS, TX, and FL and was one of the largest family owned furniture enterprises in the USA.

His greatest turning point was determining the assembly line production of Platform Glider Recliners was the key to a "comfortable America" He took the knowledge from the automobile industry and applied it to Chair/Glider production. These same techniques are still used everyday in the plants as the culture still thrives under 3rd generation leadership.

Mr Jackson would often comment, Much of his success came from good old fashioned hard work and a dedication to giving employees an opportunity to "better themselves".

Today, Jackson Furniture remains focused in the USA. We have over 4 plants in the USA along with 1,000’s of employees and vendors committed to producing the most comfortable and longest lasting furniture that money can buy.

A lot has changed in the furniture industry since 1933. Recent developments, such as the closing of major textile plants in the U.S., have forced us to go overseas for products like fabrics and leathers that are no longer available here in mass quantities. The covers on our products may be made elsewhere, but for nearly all of our products, employees in our American factories build the frames and apply the cover. While many of our components, including our recliner mechanisms, are fabricated by our dedicated employees in this country, we also consider international suppliers and laborers for some parts, such as handles, massagers and swivel bases, in order to build long-lasting furniture at an accessible price.

At Jackson Furniture, we are investing in our plants and doing everything we can to remain a trusted, strong and competitive employer in the U.S. We are extremely proud of our roots and we look forward to providing you with American-made comfort and quality for many more years to come

1980 Deerfield Court
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Tel: 812.482.4747
Fax: (616) 975-6573
You could count on one hand the number of large furniture companies who have gone out of business and then rose from the dust and wood chips to re-emerge, stronger and ready to take on the world. Jasper is one of those success stories. The official word is that in October of 2005 they will be showing a new line of Jasper products at the High Point furniture market. While not open to the public, the show is where the furniture world converges twice a year to buy what you will soon see in stores. The president, Robert Cribbs says the company will maintain and even improve on the high-standard of quality that was the hallmark of Jasper. The company has already rehired many of the original hand-painters, strippers and rubbers who gave this american-made product such a reputation. We say "Hurrah!" and welcome back.

412 E. Unity Road
Paragould, Arkansas 72450
Tel: (870) 240-6266
Fax: 870-236-9180
Since 1962, Jenkins Lamp and Shade, Mfg., Inc. has been producing quality table lamps and floor lamps in a wide range of sizes and designs. The wide selection of lamps offers craftsmanship and artistry, as well as a variety of styles to complement any decor. With attention to detail, Jenkins Lamp and Shade continues to provide superb products and first class service to its customers.

Apparently, Joal went out of business in 2004

315 South First Street
P.O. Box 609
Effingham, IL 62401
(217) 347-7701 (217) 347-7705 Fax
Now you can have the same heavy-duty, sanitation-rated workstations and cutting surfaces found in hotels, restaurants and world-class banquet facilities. Whether you want to raise the level of your cooking abilities, or just know that you have the very best products possible for the kitchen, the finest wood and stainless steel preparation and cooking surfaces are now available for the average home.
Products include: full-size professional butcher blocks, counter cutting blocks, work tables, butcher block or stainless steel counter tops and stainless steel work tables and counters.
John Boos products are available through dealers nationwide as well as several on-line stores.

Traditional to transitional source of wall decor, floor lamps, mirrors, accent furniture, chandeliers, and table top accessories. They target medium to upper-end price retail stores.

560 Fifth Street NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504-5208
In 1858 George Widdicomb, father of John Widdicomb, came from Devonshire, England to settle in Grand Rapids. He gathered together twelve craftsmen and set up a small cabinet shop which prospered from the start. His English training was different from the frontier training of the average small town cabinetmaker and his well made furniture found a ready market. The outbreak of the Civil War put a sudden end to the new enterprise, when the entire work force including his sons joined the Union army.
Following the war, George Widdicomb was joined by his four sons, John, Harry, William and George, Jr., and the business started up again. The trade, entirely local to start with, was quickly expanded. The Widdicomb name soon became known in Chicago, then East as far as Boston, Philadelphia and New York. In 1897, one of the boys, John Widdicomb, felt the need for a plan of his own and started in a small way making interior woodwork and fireplace mantels on a site across the street from that of his father. This building is part of the present plant.
Ralph Widdicombe, a nephew of John, had earlier become interested in the designing of fine furniture, and when his uncle branched out for himself, Ralph joined him. For fifty-three years until his retirement in 1951, all John Widdicomb Company furniture was designed by Ralph Widdicombe, known as the Dean of furniture designers. Ralph Widdicombe always retained the old English spelling of his name ending with the "e". Although Ralph Widdicombe will always be remembered best for his classical designs, he was awarded first prize for his Modern bedroom suite at the Paris Exposition in 1900. In 1924, working from models he had procured in Europe, Ralph Widdicombe introduced Louis XV Provincial designs which were the first of their kind to be made in this country, and started the wave of popularity for French Provincial that still continues. A bombe bureau, which was the first such design, is still a much sought after piece in the John Widdicomb line today.
The Widdicomb name, which had been shared by two manufacturers since John left his father in 1897, was brought together again in November of 1970, when John Widdicomb Company purchased the name and goodwill of the Widdicomb Furniture Company, the latter having ceased production several years previously. The John Widdicomb plant today occupies two city blocks and employs over one hundred fifty people. The John Widdicomb line includes over three hundred French, Italian, English, and Russian reproductions which are crafted in limited quantities -- all in the tradition of highest quality for which the Widdicomb name has been internationally known for over one hundred thirty years.
John Widdicomb furniture is available to interior designers through franchised showroom distributors in major cities in the United States and world wide.
information taken from the John Widdicomb web site.

This was one of the saddest casualties of the turmoil in the furniture industry. Johnston Benchworks closed their doors in August of 2013. They made casual country and period style furniture with a classic elegance that few could match at any price. You could find their upholstered chairs, sofas, love seats, benches and accessories in a country home or a traditional 18th century period setting. C'est dommage.

PO Box 668
1 Shaver St.
N. Wilkesboro, NC 28659
(336) 838-5178, FAX (336) 667-0998
Johnston Casuals takes an architectural approach to furniture styling, creating innovative bar stools, dining tables and chairs, and occasional tables that are as artistic as they are functional. Known for their eclectic and exciting designs and the surprisingly affordable prices they offer. They are proud of their construction standards which they achieve using the latest technology and manufacturing systems. Since 1981, Johnston Casuals has operated in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina from where they serve an ever-growing base of discerning designers and loyal buyers throughout the world.

Post Office Box 2128
Columbus, MS 39704
Tel: 662.328.1685
Fax: 662.327.1814
Fine selection of traditional oak, cherry and mahogany finished bedrooms. Priced to sell, built to last. Taken from the company's website:

All Wood Bedroom Furniture By JOHNSTON-TOMBIGBEE

Johnston-Tombigbee's Bedroom Furniture is skillfully manufactured by well trained and experienced people who take great pride in producing a product that is designed to provide many years of service. J.T.B.'s wide variety of styles and price ranges assures consumer acceptance. Johnston-Tombigbee's all wood furniture starts with strict specifications and quality control of kiln dried hardwood lumber, wood veneers, composite wood panel materials and all other necessary components. Johnston-Tombigbee's construction features are essentially the same in all groups, utilizing strong mortise and tenon construction methods on primary joints with liberal use of glue, screws, staples and corner blocking to assure strength and durability regardless of style or price range. All exposed structural components are solid hardwood or genuine hardwood veneer laminated to composite wood corestock. Case good tops, end panels and bed panels are wood veneered composite panel. Drawers consist of French dovetail solid hardwood fronts with grained wood composite sides, backs, and bottoms. All have metal center guides installed on lubricated wood case members with positive out-stops to prevent accidental drawer removal. All exposed surfaces are machine sanded prior to assembly. After assembly, all exposed surfaces are manually sanded prior to receiving a 12-step and lacquer finish; beginning with NGR stain and ending with high solids catalyzed lacquer. After finishing, trim hardware is installed. Each piece is thoroughly inspected prior to packaging for shipment to J.T.B.'s customers.

333 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10013
Tel: 212.645.3072
Tel2: 212.645.3072
Pottery, pillows, lighting, bedding and bath, furniture, rugs, tabletop and other curiosities. Fans of Mr. Adler's work will be glad to know his unique touch and feel are a part of everything he makes.

544 West 130th St.
Gardena, CA 90248
tel: (323) 770-3330
fax: (323) 770-3466
Casual, contemporary stationary and motion upholstery. Jonathan Louis is one of the few companies in their quality range that is still milling their own lumber, making their own frames, cutting the foam and blowing the fiber, feather and down pillows. They represent a great value for the consumer using 1.8 density foam on cushions and 2.0 density foam cushions on motion furniture. In 1998 they began offering leather to their customers which now makes them a complete source for their retailers and a great buy for you the customer.

AL 6485 Brisa Street
Livermore, CA 94550
tel: (925) 455-2700
fax: (925) 455-2717
Contemporary glass furniture. JRW has remained one of the top design firms at the cutting edge (pardon the pun) of contemporary glass furniture.

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