Swaim, manufacturer of high-end case goods and upholstery, has acquired more than 20 pieces of manufacturing equipment from Councill, the high-end producer. Councill recently stopped operating after selling its intellectual property to Kindel and Century Furniture. The purchased equipment includes major machining, sanding and cutting machines, encompassing a selection of equipment that Swaim didn’t have prior to the sale. In addition, Swaim has hired about 10 Councill production staff members, who now work at Swaim’s High Point production facilities in finishing, case goods production, cutting and wood engineering.
“These strategic additions to our existing talent pool put us in a very exciting position to ramp up our production and efficiencies to meet the increased demand for Swaim products domestically and internationally,” Tom Powell, CEO of Swaim told Furniture Today. “Their culture and our culture are very similar,” Powell said. “There is a synergy there, and these people have found a new home.”
Councill closed its operations in Denton, N.C., earlier this summer after following the sale of its intellectual property to Kindel and the parent company of Century Furniture, but those deals did’nt include the brand’s case goods and upholstery manufacturing operations in the same town, which reportedly employed 125 people as of March. “Demand for high-end, handmade wood furniture has driven our growth to a new level here at Swaim,” Swaim said. “The closing and subsequent auction of Councill Furniture's equipment gave us the opportunity to move quickly to expand our manufacturing footprint… There was a lot of equipment at Councill that was almost tailor-made for our operation.”