Business
3:55 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Belgian Furniture Company to Open Headquarters in High Point

A Belgian furniture maker announced plans Wednesday to locate its new U.S. headquarters in High Point.

BuzziSpace Inc. CEO Tom Van Dessel (left) and Gov. Pat McCrory listen to remarks during a press conference Wednesday.
Credit WFDD Photo by Paul Garber

The move by BuzziSpace Inc. will mean an estimated 113 new jobs. The company has been looking for a location for about 18 months. BuzziSpace CEO Tom Van Dessel says High Point’s furniture heritage was one of the main draws. The company also considered two other areas known for furniture manufacturing - Michigan and southern Indiana - before picking High Point.

Tom Van Dessel, CEO of BuzziSpace Inc., explains why the company chose High Point over other possible locations.

Gov. Pat McCrory was on hand for the announcement and says the move points toward a resurgence of the furniture industry in North Carolina. But he says a new generation of furniture workers will need to be trained to meet the demand.

Gov. Pat McCrory says North Carolina needs to train workers for the resurgent furniture industry.

BuzziSpace plans to renovate the Pickett Cotton Mill to serve as its new offices. The mill building dates back more than 100 years. The company plans to open its High Point headquarters in September.