Virus impact in China could affect state’s furniture firms

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Chinese medical staff tending to Coronavirus patients (Photo: CBS This Morning / YouTube)

HICKORY, NC (The Hickory Daily Record) — The impact of the coronavirus in China could be felt by furniture companies in North Carolina.

The Hickory Daily Record reported Thursday that the respiratory virus has temporarily closed mills in China that provide supplies to furniture makers in the state.

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Craftmaster Furniture in Alexander County imports much of its fabric and leather from mills in China that have been shuttered down for several weeks.

President and CEO Roy Calcagne said the company may have to lean more on local suppliers. But he said such a change could be “very disruptive” for the business.