Craftmaster Furniture, an upholstery producer with operations in Alexander and Wilkes counties, announced that its manufacturing operations and offices will be shut down for two weeks starting Thursday due to concerns about the coronavirus.

Craftmaster plans to reopen all operations on April 13, said Roy Calcagne, the company’s president/CEO.

A Craftmaster press release said the company, one of the largest employers in Alexander County, will continue paying its 700 employees during the two-week closure to help ease financial issues.

Social distancing, expanded sanitation stations throughout the plants, disinfecting work areas daily and other steps have been taken. “With the recent escalation in number of cases of COVID-19, the decision was made to close temporarily,” stated a Craftmaster press release.

The company’s management team will continue to work from home and Craftmaster will continue entering orders with a reduced order entry staff as needed. The customer service department won’t reopen until April 13.

“The April Furniture Market has been postponed until June 12 and the Market Authority will make a final determination in May as to whether this will be held. Craftmaster’s new product introductions are still moving forward as planned and will be in their High Point showroom by the end of April,” the press release stated.

Craftmaster is creating a 360-degree virtual video tour of the showroom that will be available to its sales team for in-person presentations when the time comes.

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