Crawford Furniture Manufacturing Corporation's attempt to continue making high-quality wood furniture while going through Chapter 11 bankruptcy is in danger.
On Wednesday, Brett Cappa, Crawford furniture management team official, sent a news release to The Post-Journal stating its furniture manufacturing plan will close on Feb. 9. The closing of the plant may be temporary or it may become permanent. He said no decision will be made until that time.
''Our goal is to hopefully close the plant for two weeks as part of our restructuring plan and then recall all our employees,'' Cappa stated. ''Crawford Furniture will be launching an aggressive national marketing plan starting the first of the year. Crawford's goal will be to create and maintaining enough business nationally for us to sustain ourselves and open our manufacturing plant back up on Feb. 27.''
According to the state Labor Department's website, on Monday, Crawford officials filed a work adjustment and retraining notification detailing that it would be closing its plant, which would affect 101 employees. The notification states the layoffs will occur during a 14-day period between Feb. 9 and Feb. 22. The reason given for the plant closing was the economy.
Crawford officials filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Aug. 25 for both its manufacturing corporation and its retail outlets. A Chapter 11 reorganization is the most complex of all bankruptcy cases. A bankrupt company uses Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code to reorganize its business and try to become profitable again. Management continues to run the day-to-day business operations, but all significant decisions must be approved by a bankruptcy court.
In October, company officials announced Crawford Retail Outlets would be closing all five of its retail stores, but the manufacturing plant would try to continue operating to produce furniture that would be sold to retailers throughout the country. The company's retail locations were located in Hamburg, Lockport, Williamsville, Amherst and Lakewood.
''We will fight to keep this company going as long as we can along with saving our existing jobs here and in the process continue manufacturing a great American made product,'' Cappa stated in an email to The Post-Journal in October.
Crawford of Jamestown was founded in 1883 as a family-owned manufacturer of solid-wood furniture.