U.S. Rep. Welch lays eyes on all-new WallGoldfinger
Oct. 15, 2015
U.S. Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) twice visited WallGoldfinger’s then Northfield factory after it was flooded in Tropical Storm Irene. Today, the congressman got a look at the high-end corporate furniture maker’s new space in Randolph for the first time.
Barely inside the door, Welch was already impressed. “This is so exciting. I have vivid memories of Irene,” Welch told WallGoldfinger Chief Financial Officer Annie Gould and Chief Operating Officer Michael Spencer who provided the congressman with a tour of the 60,000-square-foot Randolph facility.
“This is so different. It was so complicated in the old space,” Welch recalled.
In Northfield, WallGoldfinger’s factory of 40 years spanned two floors, had uneven wooden floors, spaces so tight that the large boardroom tables for which WallGoldfinger is known had to be built around support columns and moved between floors on an ancient elevator.
And then Irene struck, filling the factory with water and silt and smashing together equipment and supplies.
Three years later, things have changed.
Welch on Thursday morning saw a bright, spacious, one-story factory designed around LEAN manufacturing principles and offering furniture makers ample room and ample technology. The company now has two computerized routers (CNC machines). A sander that spent months being rebuilt in Italy is back at work on the factory floor. And many other improvements have been made.
“I’m so happy for you guys,” Welch said repeatedly during his visit.
Welch spent about a half hour looking at veneer, woodworking, finishing and reassembly departments, learning about the furniture maker’s processes and hearing just some of the names on WallGoldfinger’s impressive client list.
One table and client Welch knows well. A WallGoldfinger table is featured in the Situation Room in the White House. Welch often has meetings there. “I feel pretty proud of the Situation Room table,” he said, adding, “It means a lot to me to see you guys back in action.”
So back in action is WallGoldfinger that the company is growing and hiring woodworkers to fill the great demand in furniture orders it is facing. To learn more, visit www.wallgoldfinger.com/employment.