In 1932, William Cox decided to open a furniture manufacturing business in Hickory, North Carolina. He was a pioneer in the industry and focused entirely on small-scale boudoir furniture. At this point in time, Hickory was already becoming a bustling furniture manufacturing town, and the business thrived. The company was so successful and pleasant to work for, in fact, that upon William Cox's death in the 1950s, his employees formed a buying group so that the business could continue to exist. They focused on continuing the tradition and character of the long time American furniture manufacturer. In 1972, the company was purchased by the Romeo family. In the years since, the business has remained family owned, and has thrived. They have now earned a leading position in the industry. Under the Romeo family, the business expanded to include many other types of furniture. They offer chaise lounges, stools, benches, barstools, dining chairs, headboards, beds, ottomans and loveseats, all well-crafted and made in Hickory, North Carolina. They also have a custom line called the "Perfect Fit" program for clients who have particular specifications and ideas. The quality of their pieces is backed up with a lifetime warranty. Since the Romeo family acquired the business, even through economic downturns, the Cox Furniture Manufacturing Company has expanded 4 times. The company headquarters are based in Hickory, and their operations center remains state-of-the-art. The company's reputation has only improved in recent years, and they have furniture in the White House, and the home of Miley Cyrus, among other places. This business understands the importance of "Made in America," and has provided jobs and a sense of pride for many Hickory residents for over 80 years. The Hickory area has long been proud of furniture manufacturers like this one-a company that focuses on craftsmanship and quality. The company has benefited from an extensive infrastructure designed to support furniture companies in this region, and has seen wide success.
Being based in Hickory has allowed us close contact with an enormous network of businesses that have developed here to provide the raw materials and resources needed to run a successful furniture business. We all draw from a strong tradition of furniture manufacturing that defines the region's history. Our workers are artisans, building well-crafted pieces that last generations. We need to continue to build the reputation of the furniture industry as it is still a growing viable fashion forward industry. With furniture you can create your own personal statement which reflects who you are. This is very important in today’s culture and lifestyle. It does take skilled workers to create upholstered furniture and we must continue to nourish the young folks growing up in our community to educate them on all the possibilities within the furniture industry."-- CEO Mark Romeo
The company is widely known and well-respected. Cox Furniture Manufacturing will continue to create heirloom furniture for American homes into our future. The company continues to grow, adding employees and strengthening our community and economy.