Heritage Home Group

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Heritage Home Group LLC
Private
Industry Home Furnishings
Headquarters High Point, North Carolina
Key people
Pierre de Villeméjane, President and CEO
Products Furniture
Home Accessories
Revenue Decrease$1.743 billion (2008)
Website heritagehome.com

Heritage Home Group LLC, formed to purchase most assets of the defunct Furniture Brands International, is a High Point, North Carolina-based home furnishings company. It owns the brands Broyhill, Lane, Thomasville, and Drexel Heritage.

History[edit]

On September 9, 2013, Furniture Brands International filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The company planned to sell all businesses other than Lane Furniture to a group managed by Oaktree Capital Management LP.[1] On October 2, a judge approved a $280 million stalking horse offer by KPS Capital Partners. On November 4, Samson Holding Ltd., the largest stockholder, announced its intention to bid[2] but that bid never took place, and on November 22, a judge approved the KPS bid. KPS announced the name Heritage Home Group LLC for the new owner of "substantially all of the assets" of Furniture Brands on November 25. Also announced at that time was the resignation of Furniture Brands chairman and CEO Ralph Scozzafava. Ira Glazer became Heritage president and CEO.[3][4][5]

On January 21, 2014, Heritage announced the closing of Thomasville Furniture's operations in Thomasville, North Carolina, as of March 21, with 84 jobs cut. A Saltillo, Mississippi plant making Lane Furniture would close at the same time, meaning 480 jobs lost, though other plants in the Tupelo, Mississippi area would remain open, despite earlier plans to close all the plants.[6]

In March 2014 Heritage said the Pearson Company plant in High Point, started by the Pearson family in 1942, was closing by August, affecting 86 employees.[7]

Late in April 2014, Heritage announced it would close its Clayton headquarters June 25. The most likely location for the new headquarters was High Point, North Carolina. The company also said the Ballwin, Missouri office would close by the end of 2014.[8]

In June 2014 it was reported that the last Drexel Heritage Plant, on Hogan Street in Morganton, North Carolina, was closing July 31, with 87 people losing their jobs. The company was started by the Huffman and Mull families, but in recent years, decisions to move manufacturing to other countries hurt the Morganton area.[9]

A bankruptcy filing on December 12, 2014 showed United Furniture Industries won the bidding for the 475,000-square-foot Lane Furniture plant in Tupelo.[10]

In April 2015, the company began $2.7 million in improvements on a 70,000-square-foot showroom built in the 1990s for Drexel-Heritage, and later used by Henredon, Maitland-Smith and La Barge, on Eastchester Drive in High Point. When finished, the headquarters was to be 100,000 square feet.[11]

In May, Richard Lozyniak became interim CEO after Glazer left the company. Heritage headquarters was temporarily located in Thomasville until work was completed on the former showrooms.[12]

On September 8, Heritage Home Group appointed Pierre de Villemejane as President and Chief Executive Officer after he served as CEO of WWRD Holdings Ltd. and Speedline Technologies Inc., also KPS companies.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Craver, Richard (2013-09-09). "Furniture Brands files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy". Winston-Salem Journal. 
  2. ^ Craver, Richard (2013-11-05). "Furniture Brands’ top stakeholder to enter bid for bankrupt manufacturer". Winston-Salem Journal. 
  3. ^ Craver, Richard (2013-11-26). "Furniture Brands to get new name, new top exec". Winston-Salem Journal. Retrieved 2013-12-20. 
  4. ^ Craver, Richard (2013-11-28). "New owner replaces two more executives at former Furniture Brands". Winston-Salem Journal. Retrieved 2013-12-20. 
  5. ^ "KPS Capital Partners Announces Formation of Heritage Home Group, LLC". KPS Capital Partners. 2013-11-25. Retrieved 2014-08-28. 
  6. ^ Craver, Richard (2014-01-22). "End of an era: 84 to lose jobs as last 2 Thomasville Furniture plants closing by March 21". Winston-Salem Journal. Retrieved 2014-01-22. 
  7. ^ Johnson, Paul B. (2014-04-12). "Hint at a High Point headquarters?". High Point Enterprise. Retrieved 2014-06-06. 
  8. ^ Kirn, Jacob; Acieri, Katie (2014-04-30). "Triad bound? Heritage Home moving HQ to North Carolina". Triad Business Journal. Retrieved 2014-05-30. 
  9. ^ McBrayer, Sharon (2014-06-03). "Drexel Heritage plant closing; 87 employees to lose jobs". The News Herald. Retrieved 2014-06-06. 
  10. ^ Craver, Richard (2014-12-16). "United wins bidding war for Furniture Brands plant". Winston-Salem Journal. p. A11. 
  11. ^ Arcieri, Katie (2015-05-15). "$2.7M of work underway on Heritage Home Group's HQ". Triad Business Journal. Retrieved 2015-12-04. 
  12. ^ Arcieri, Katie (2015-05-19). "Heritage Home Group names interim CEO". Triad Business Journal. Retrieved 2015-12-04. 
  13. ^ Craver, Richard (2015-09-08). "The Briefcase". Winston-Salem Journal. Retrieved 2015-12-04. 

External links[edit]

Official website