Vanguard Furniture, based in Conover, has acquired a former Drexel Furniture manufacturing plant in Morganton. Known locally as Drexel Plant #60, the 163,000-square-foot factory will be restored, refurbished and stocked with new equipment. The plant, which is located on Hogan Street in Morganton, will create up to 150 new jobs and will be used to manufacture case goods and upholstery. It was expected that operations could begin sometime around April, 2022.
High demand and supply chain issues prompted the decision to expand domestically. Vanguard President Andy Bray says the Morganton plant was selected because of its craftsmen community. The family-owned Vanguard currently employs more than 600 people. The company operates six manufacturing plants and a 40,000-square-foot showroom in High Point.