Lexington Home Brands

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Lexington Home Brands
Private
IndustryFurniture manufacturing
Founded1901; 121 years ago (1901)
HeadquartersThomasville, NC
Websitelexington.com

Lexington Home Brands formerly named Dixie Furniture Co. is a Thomasville, NC-based manufacturer of upscale home furnishings.[1] The company is one of America's largest furniture manufacturing companies with six primary/popular bands - Lexington, Tommy Bahama Home, Tommy Bahama Outdoor Living, Sligh, Artistica Home, and Barclay Butera.[2]

Lexington Home Brands has been operational since 1901 and is currently headquartered in High Point with 5 manufacturing and distribution facilities spread across North Carolina with over 1.5 million square feet. The company in the past century has grown to become a global leader in the industry offering a bespoke range of product lines of wood, upholstery, and outdoor living designs.[3]

History

Early Years

Lexington Home Brands was founded in 1901 by a group of entrepreneurs based in Lexington. The company was initially incorporated as Dixie Furniture Co. and primarily sold Oak bedroom furniture.[4]

In the next two years, Lexington, then known as Dixie, forged a business relationship with another furniture manufacturing facility in the area called Elk, which was also created by some of the same people who founded Dixie. Eventually both the companies joined hands and bought Piedmont Mirror Company and expanded their operations.[5]

The first Dixie facility was remodeled in 1904 and in the same year, the company also increased its manufacturing capacities.

In 1923, the manufacturing facility of Elk was destroyed in a fire which was then rebuilt. Soon after that, Elk and Dixie entered into a merger, becoming the Elk Dixie Furniture Company. In 1936, after a decade of this successful merger, the Elk plant was purchased by the United Furniture Corporation, and Dixie started its separate management and operations. During this time Henry T. Link became the COO of the company and created a new and improved Dixie Furniture Company.

1940s-1970s

Soon, Henry’s nephew, J. Smith Young, and his son-in-law, E. Bruce Hinkle joined the Dixie Furniture Company, and two years later A. Frank Taylor joined the company as general superintendent. Under Henry’s leadership, Dixie’s sales improved threefold. Following a visit to Ford Motor Company in Michigan, in 1940, he introduced motorized conveyors to be used in the plants - making it to become one of the first companies to do mass production of its product. This expansion then saw the rise of the company’s first hit product - a five-piece mahogany bedroom suite which was being manufactured as late as 1986.

Link-Taylor Corporation, now called Plant 12, was formed in late 1949 and put into operation in the early ‘50s. Solid bedroom furniture is their primary product line. This Lexington plant is known for incorporating the latest in plant layout, machinery, and equipment, and producing furniture of the highest quality.

In 1962 the Young-Hinkle Corporation was launched, initially known for producing a boys' line of furniture. Now known as Plant 4, it is known for (chair and bedroom manufacturing). Two years later, Henry Link Corporation I, now called Plant 7 was introduced which is known for producing girls' bedroom furniture.

In 1965, Lexington acquired the Gordon Veneer Company, now called Plant 6. This plant manufactures single-ply veneers which are used by the corporation’s member companies. Dixie-Linwood facility, now Plant 2 was built in 1972 for the manufacture of dining room furniture. Two years later, Henry Link Corporation II, now Plant 8, was introduced and started producing wicker furniture. This plant is recognized as the largest manufacturer of wicker furniture in this country.[6]

1980s-1990s

The operations of Henry Link Corporation III, now Plant 9 began in 1984. This facility produces Wicker upholstered furniture. A year later Dixie Dining Room Division also started its operations. This facility assembles and applies the finish coatings to our imported dining room groups.[7]

Masco Corporation purchased Dixie Furniture, Link-Taylor Corp., Young-Hinkle Corp., and Henry Link Corp., in 1987. Lexington Furniture Industries has formed shortly after, and all four departments were merged.[8]

Lexington Furniture Industries was acquired by LifeStyle Furnishings International in August 1996, which was formed by Masco Corporation through a series of acquisitions of individual brand name companies, with LifeStyle becoming an independent company as a result of Masco Corporation exiting the home furnishings business.[9]

2000s

In 2000, the company introduced its design mark with swirl and in the same year, The Tommy Bahama Home licensed brand of home furnishings was introduced. In 2002, Lexington Home Brands was acquired by Sun Capital Partners,[10] a private equity firm.[11][12] In the coming five years Lexington Home Brands expanded its portfolio to include Arnold Palmer,[13] Nautica, Liz Claiborne, Waverly, Woolrich, Southern Living, and Donald Trump.[14]

In 2006 Phil Haney was appointed as the President and CEO who then initiated the company’s focus to shift to the most relevant consumer brands – Lexington and Tommy Bahama Home. Two years later the company opened its first company-owned to-the-trade showroom at the Denver Design Center.[15]

In 2011 LHB acquired Sligh Furniture Company, an industry leader and the premier brand in the home office and home entertainment categories. In the same year, the company also opened its second company-owned to-the-trade showroom at the New York Design Center in Manhattan.[16]

In 2012 the Tommy Bahama license was expanded to include the outdoor category, trading as Tommy Bahama Outdoor Living. In the same year, the first Tommy Bahama Home store at Fashion Island Center in Newport Beach, CA was inaugurated.[17]

In 2016 LHB acquired Artistica Home, a 40-year-old Los Angeles-based manufacturer of unique dining, accent, and occasional furniture. A year later, the company signed a brand license with Barclay Butera and introduced two lifestyle collations. This addition increased the Lexington Home Brands portfolio to (6) – Lexington, Tommy Bahama Home, Tommy Bahama Outdoor Living, Sligh, Artistica Home, and Barclay Butera.[18]

In 2017 LHB was acquired by Luolai Lifestyle Technology Corporation. Two years later, LHB opened its second company-owned Tommy Bahama Home store in Austin, Texas. In 2021 LHB opened its third company-owned Tommy Bahama Home store in The Woodlands.

Brands

  • Lexington
  • Tommy Bahama Home
  • Tommy Bahama Outdoor Living
  • Sligh Office and Media Designs
  • Artistica Home
  • Barclay Butera

In the media

        

References

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  3. "New trainees find a home with Lexington Home Brands - Catawba EDC". www.catawbaedc.org. Retrieved 13 May 2022.
  4. "A Look at Lexington Home Brands Plant 1's History". wfmynews2.com. Retrieved 13 May 2022.
  5. Nast, Condé (7 June 2019). "13 New Sectional Sofas That Provide Bespoke Perks at a Fraction of the Cost". Architectural Digest. Retrieved 13 May 2022.
  6. Hornbeck, Leigh (27 January 2021). "Home design, glam and comfort with Carisha Swanson of House Beautiful". Times Union. Retrieved 13 May 2022.
  7. Smialek, Jeanna (27 November 2021). "North Carolina's Furniture Hub Is Booming. What Comes Next?". The New York Times. Retrieved 13 May 2022.
  8. "Lexington Furniture Industry | Davidson County Focus c". dcfocusmagazine.com. Retrieved 13 May 2022.
  9. Writer, AMY JOYNER Staff. "FURNITURE COMPANY RENAMES ITSELF\ LEXINGTON HOME BRANDS AIMS TO BE THE ``MOST CONSUMER-FRIENDLY FURNITURE COMPANY IN THE INDUSTRY.'". Greensboro News and Record. Retrieved 13 May 2022.
  10. "Lexington Home Brands". Sun Capital Partners, Inc. | Private Equity Firm. Retrieved 13 May 2022.
  11. "Lexington Home furniture sold by Sun Capital investors". Woodworking Network. Retrieved 13 May 2022.
  12. "Sun Capital Sells Lexington Home Brands". Wall Street Journal. 9 January 2017. Retrieved 13 May 2022.
  13. "FURNITURE DESIGN: IT'S MUCH MORE THAN A GAME FOR ARNOLD AND WINNIE PALMER". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 13 May 2022.
  14. Hofman, Mike (1 December 2001). "A Brand Is Born, Growing Your Business Article". Inc.com. Retrieved 13 May 2022.
  15. Hofman, Mike (1 December 2001). "A Brand Is Born, Growing Your Business Article". Inc.com. Retrieved 13 May 2022.
  16. Writer, AMY JOYNER Staff. "FURNITURE COMPANY RENAMES ITSELF\ LEXINGTON HOME BRANDS AIMS TO BE THE ``MOST CONSUMER-FRIENDLY FURNITURE COMPANY IN THE INDUSTRY.'". Greensboro News and Record. Retrieved 13 May 2022.
  17. Smialek, Jeanna (27 November 2021). "North Carolina's Furniture Hub Is Booming. What Comes Next?". The New York Times. Retrieved 13 May 2022.
  18. Hornbeck, Leigh (27 January 2021). "Home design, glam and comfort with Carisha Swanson of House Beautiful". Times Union. Retrieved 13 May 2022.

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