For more than a century, the name Broyhill has been synonymous with fine-quality furniture. The guiding force defining the company and its products always has been a commitment to quality and value. Today, Broyhill is one of the most recognized brands in the industry. Broyhill Furniture began the same familiar way that hundreds of U.S. companies began: through the vision of one person, whose determination born in the hills of North Carolina developed into a thriving international company. James Edgar “Ed” Broyhill, was born in 1892 on a farm in Wilkes County, N.C., where he did chores, peddled apples. He also worked as a sawmill hand for his older brother, Tom, who started the Lenoir Furniture Corp. in nearby Lenoir, N.C. At age 21, Ed Broyhill sought an education to help move him from back-breaking work. He attended what is now Appalachian State University. Back then, it was a muddy, small campus in Boone, N.C. He was drafted before he could graduate and served in WW I. Afterward, he couldn’t afford to return to Appalachian, and so he moved to Lenoir to work for his brother. Ed had learned to type in the Army, and he had a good head for numbers, thanks to his earlier years of working with lumber. His ambition and drive led him to create his own company in 1926, building pieces that his brother didn’t make. The result: The Lenoir Chair Co., which produced its first upholstered chairs in an old blacksmith and buggy shop adjacent to the Lenoir rail depot.

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