Family Owned Business Institute
Kindel Furniture Co.
|Founder:||Charles J. Kindel|
|Industries:||Household Furniture Manufacturing|
The bed company that Charles J. Kindel started in 1901 had its fair share of changes as it underwent several name modifications, a shift to broader product selection, and the transfer of ownership to the Fogarty family. Yet, over 100 years later, it still hand-carves quality, antique-inspired furniture. Paula Fogarty now runs the business that her father Robert bought in 1978, with the help of her brother, Dean. In 2005, the company's plants were consolidated by bringing all operations to the Garden Street location in order to improve efficiency, and no jobs were lost in the change. Fogarty also actively protests the decision, being made by many U.S. furniture makers, to turn to China for cheap labor. This commitment has helped generate the loyalty felt by Kindel Furniture's employees and customers and will surely continue to feed its success.
The reproduction of the treasures of the past at the highest quality, authenticity, and scholarship.
Kindel has been recognized for many elements of its business!
- Craftsmanship: Winterthur award in 2002 for the Cadwalader chair.
- Design: The Dorothy Draper collection furnished the 2005 Academy Awards' green room.
- Experience: Robert Fogarty was awarded an honorary doctorate of arts when he spoke at the 2005 Kendall graduation ceremony.
- Antiquity: Woodcrafters gave furniture carving demonstrations at a fundraising auction for the Van Andel Museum with the theme, "Party like its 1799."