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A Profile of the Furniture Manufacturing Industry by Susan M. Walcott

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CHAPTER 3

How the Industry Operates

Furniture involves a complex series of global arrangements that periodically experience major adjustments in the location and function of their upstream (supply) and downstream (market) segments, as well as major shifts in manufacturing due to both product (materials) and process (e.g. lean manufacturing) innovations. This chapter begins with the historical development of the U.S. furniture industry, followed by a more detailed look at the impact of key technologies on contemporary manufacturing.

A History of the U.S. Furniture Industry

Furniture making profited from the abundance of North America’s forests since early colonial days. English-born John Alden was reportedly the first American cabinetmaker in ...

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