Grand Rapids: Furniture City (Images of America: Michigan) ebook
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Grand Rapids: Furniture City (Images Of America: Michigan)

William Haldane opened a cabinet shop in 1836, 14 years before Grand Rapids incorporated. Other furniture companies followed: Berkey and Gay, Widdicomb, Sligh, Hekman, and Phoenix were among those taking advantage of the Grand River for transportation and power, the area’s abundant hardwood supply, and a growing immigrant labor pool. The furniture soon attracted national attention. In 1876, the Ph...

Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing (May 5, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0738552003
ISBN-13: 978-0738552002
Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.3 x 9.2 inches
Amazon Rank: 1348887
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“A book that leaves out several firms in the suburbs of Grand Rapids. A chapter or two on the firms, such as Forslund Furniture, would have been nice - making this book more inclusive. Otherwise, an historical read....”

ladelphia Centennial Exposition proved conclusively that a river town in Michigan had indeed earned the title “Furniture City.” Presidents Herbert Hoover, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, and Dwight D. Eisenhower all worked at Grand Rapids–made desks. Fifteen manufacturers joined forces to build 1,000 Handley Page bombers duringWorld War I. The Japanese Instrument of Surrender was signed on September 2, 1945, at a table made in Grand Rapids. Despite fires, floods, strikes, depressions, and wars, Grand Rapids led the industry until the 1950s and 1960s, when the factories began moving to North Carolina. Today the area, along with nearby Holland and Zeeland, dominates the office furniture industry.