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Craftmaster Furniture Celebrates 50 Years in Business

Craftmaster Furniture announced it is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The company began production in the summer of 1972 in a small mill building in downtown Taylorsville, N.C. by Steve Lackey and Jack Stokes. The company began with a handful of friends and family that had worked in upholstery manufacturing locally. The ownership also included a few salesmen based in the Southeast that would take the products on the road and sell to small furniture retailers in the surrounding states.


Over the years the company had grown to employ over 400 Associates and become well known for high quality, stylish, well priced upholstered furniture. In 2006 Samson Holdings purchased the company to add to its stable of brands that included Legacy Classic and Universal Furniture.


The plan for Samson was to enter the upholstered furniture market in a big way and expand their footprint in the home furnishings segment. Roy Calcagne was appointed President/CEO of the company that year with the goal of expanding distribution and the product offerings. The company has doubled in revenue since that time and now employs over 750 Associates building high quality upholstery with 1,000,000 square feet of manufacturing space in western N.C.


“Our goal is the same as it was 50 years ago developed by our Founders Steve and Jack. It was to build the best quality products that are affordable yet fashion forward and comfortable” said, Roy Calcagne.

“We have become known for having a great fabric selection with over 800 choices available on 75 different collections and accent pieces. I am very proud to have been part of this great company for the past 16 years and to be able to work with a team of professionals that are second to none” added Calcagne.


Craftmaster will be celebrating the Golden Anniversary at the upcoming April market and with a large Thank You event to our dealers planned for the October market which will also include replications of some of the original introductions as well.




About Craftmaster Furniture

Craftmaster Furniture was founded in 1972 in Taylorsville, N.C. and specializes in moderately priced upholstery produced in the U.S.A. by 650 highly skilled Associates. Craftmaster offers a broad selection of upholstered products and provides custom order, with over 150 living room styles, 100 accents chairs and over 800 fabrics to choose from. For more information, visit

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