Kindel Furniture Company Sees Growth in Grand Rapids

By Mayra Monroy on April 15th, 2016 / Comments

Celebrating 115 years of hand-crafted excellence, high-end furniture company Kindel is celebrating the exact principles that founder Charles Kindel began with for the company in 1901 – “an enduring heritage of craftsmanship, scholarship, and authenticity.”

Under the ownership of the Fisher family, who purchased it from Kindel in 1964, the company has thrived, with a promise of quality in the furniture made 100 percent in the United States.

Grand Rapids has set the standard for the company, who makes all of the products they send out in the city. Formally known for its large furniture industry, Grand Rapids still has remnants of the furniture industry in its buildings, with Kindel being “the only residential furniture manufacturer from that era left in Grand Rapids.”

“Our mission is to build furniture at the highest level of craftsmanship using time honored techniques like bench assembly, hand painting, hand rubbing and hand sewing,” said Amy Wolbert, Senior Vice President of Marketing for Kindel. “We are proud of our heritage.”

In recent years, Kindel has not only had growth within the community, but within itself as well. In the past two years, Kindel purchased two companies, Karges Furniture from Indiana and Councill Furniture from North Carolina. The company moved into one facility located on Eastern Avenue, adding 20 more employees and hoping to continue growing.

“Kindel Grand Rapids represents the best of the best in American made design,” said Kindel CEO Rob Burch in a press release. “We have built our reputation with a commitment to handcrafted furniture making methods while always maintaining designs and finishes relevant for today’s lifestyle.”

From the luxury style of Councill to the beautiful handcrafted woods of Karges, Kindel is expanding its products, employees, and mission.

“Through the years when many manufacturers moved away, Kindel Furniture was determined to stay in Grand Rapids,” said Wolbert. “We had to differentiate ourselves and we chose to offer designs that were highly complex and not easy to duplicate.”

Wolbert describes the passionate craftsmen and women as “artisans” and that they “have been loyal for decades.”

“We are passionate and look for others who are skilled or willing to learn and grow with us,” said Wolbert. “We have been the beneficiary of talented artisans, cabinetmakers, and woodworkers who found themselves without a job as companies moved south or offshore.”

Not sure if you’re qualified to work for Kindel? Wolbert assures that the company is “willing to educate and train for the skills in woodworking, upholstery, and finishing that critical of the industry.”

For more information and to check out some of Kindel’s work, check out their website.

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Mayra Monroy

Mayra Monroy

Mayra Monroy is studying communication and journalism at Aquinas College. A Texas native, she enjoys studying communication culture and the arts in West Michigan. She currently resides in Grand Rapids and works as a editor-in-chief for Aquinas’ collegiate student newspaper and a freelance journalist.