Sutter Street expands in Catawba County

July 5. Sutter Street Manufacturing, part of the Williams-Sonoma home furnishings group, will expand in Catawba County. The upholstered furniture manufacturing company plans to invest $1.9 million over three years to upgrade its facilities in Claremont, creating 72 new jobs.

“North Carolina is home to some of the most skilled furniture talent in the world,” said Gov. Roy  Cooper. “It’s that talent that keeps furniture manufacturers here, and this expansion is a testament to the health of the furniture industry in North Carolina.” Catawba County is just north of Denver, and includes towns like Sherrills Ford, Newton and Hickory.

Sutter Street produces top-quality upholstered home furnishings for Williams-Sonoma through brands like Pottery Barn, West Elm, and Williams-Sonoma Home. Williams-Sonoma established the operation in 2007 with just 25 associates. Sutter Street Manufacturing now employs 583 associates. The 72 new full-time jobs will occur over the next three years.

While compensation will vary by position, average salaries for the new jobs associated with the One NC grant are expected to be $47,840, above the Catawba County’s current average annual wage of $39,780.

“Ten years ago, we decided to invest in North Carolina and Catawba County because of the vast pool of skilled furniture craftsmen and women. Our talented associates are second to none and critical to the success of our organization,” said Darryl Webster, a vice president of Sutter Street. “North Carolina and Catawba County have been valuable business partners working hand in hand with us to drive success.”

A performance-based grant of $300,000 from the One North Carolina Fund will help facilitate Sutter Street Manufacturing’s expansion in Catawba County. The One NC Fund provides financial assistance to local governments to help attract economic investment and to create jobs. Companies receive no money upfront and must meet job creation and capital investment targets to qualify for payment. All One NC grants require a matching grant from local governments and any award is contingent upon that condition being met.

In addition to North Carolina Commerce and the Economic Partnership of North Carolina, other key partners in the project included the N.C. General Assembly, the North Carolina Community College System, the City of Claremont, Catawba County, Duke Energy, the N.C. Department of Transportation and the Western Piedmont Council of Governments.



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