Hickory Chair was closed today to allow its nearly 650 artisans and craftsmen a day to enjoy Labor Day with friends and family. We all look forward to Labor Day each year but have you ever thought about its roots?
In 1882 the secretary of the CLU (Central Labor Union) in New York city proposed that a holiday be created to honor the hard work of the members of the union. The first state to implement Labor Day was Oregon in 1884. By 1897 thirty states had recognized the holiday. In 1897, Labor Day became a national holiday.
In the years since, the holiday has been celebrated with parades, vacations and picnics as we all say goodbye to summer. Today, Labor Day weekend has become a shopping holiday as well. Spending results in restocking of shelves. Restocking of shelves means orders to factories. Orders to factories mean full time work for craftsmen. Full time work for factories filled with craftsmen lead to growth to our economy. Perhaps Labor Day has become more than a holiday for individuals but also a method to grow our country.
We are thankful for the talented individuals that call our Hickory facility home. We are honored that generations of families have mastered their skills in our workroom. We work very hard to ensure that we have an environment that is respectful, safe, clean, environmentally responsible and positive. We work together to perfect the product and process of making one-of-a-kind wood and upholstered furniture pieces for families across the world.
We at Hickory Chair are thankful to each one of you who has entrusted us to make special pieces. We hope to make something special for you in the coming year!
Happy Labor Day everyone from all of us at Hickory Chair.