KEY POINTS
  • U.S. furniture makers are up against a unique challenge — finding skilled workers to keep up with demand.
  • To solve the labor problems, furniture manufacturers in North Carolina founded an academy to train workers and guarantee them jobs at high wages.
  • Still, companies continue to battle the public perception that manufacturing jobs are low tech and unreliable.

In the face of an ongoing trade war and a historically tight labor market, furniture makers in America are up against a unique challenge — finding skilled workers to keep up with demand.

Interest in certain products, like upholstered sofas and armchairs, made in the U.S. is on the rise, but the number of workers with the skills and experience needed to meet increased demand seems out of reach.