Johnston Casuals Furniture last remaining manufacturer in Wilkes County, N.C.

Owner invested in local talent, craftsmanship

Chris SoutherChris Souther
WILKESBORO, N.C. – Johnston Casuals Furniture is the last remaining manufacturer in Wilkes County, North Carolina. While many American manufacturers were moving jobs overseas, owner Joe Johnston invested in the local tradition of craftsmanship. In doing so, he found that many customers ultimately care more about quality than price.

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Johnston found he could deliver high-quality products at a fair price by relying on the workmanship and dedication of talented welders, fabricators, grinders and upholsterers like long-time employee, Chris Souther. Souther is a Wilkes County, N.C. native with over 20 years of experience with Johnston Casuals. He learned his trade in high school and the Army National Guard and has become an integral member of the Johnston Casuals manufacturing team.

Once Johnston approves a new CAD design from the design team, Souther brings it to life with welding, drafting and fabrication. Souther’s role also involves coaching and mentoring other company craftsmen how to continue the tradition of creating unique, detail-oriented products that serve both form and function.

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When asked what he does for a living Chris said, “A little bit of everything… every day is a new product; it keeps things interesting.”

Johnston Casuals Furniture manufactures contemporary furniture using 97% recycled Southeastern USA steel in their factory in North Wilkesboro, N.C.

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