by Virginia Annable, Hickory Daily Record
In a year and a half, Universal Furniture turned a former Southern Furniture plant in Conover on its head. The company set up a new custom furniture line, brought in new equipment and technology, and reimagined the furniture process. Now, Universal is looking to grow its custom upholstery division even more.
Universal Furniture bought Southern Furniture, a custom upholstered furniture manufacturer, in October 2019. Since then, Universal has invested over $500,000 in the new plant, said Senior Vice President Sean O’Connor. New technology was added, the building was updated and rearranged to improve workflow and thousands of new fabrics, furniture styles and offerings were developed to be manufactured in the facility.