N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper talks with Century Furnishings CEO Alex Shuford III at Century’s showroom in 200 Steele.
HIGH POINT — N.C. Governor Roy Cooper visited the Excessive Level Market on Monday, Oct. 18, and shared his ideas on the twice-annual present throughout a cease at Century Furnishings.
As he made remarks, Cooper was joined by Rock Home Farm and Century Furnishings President and CEO Alex Shuford III, Vaughan-Bassett President Doug Bassett and Excessive Level Mayor Jay Wagner.
“It’s so thrilling to return to the Excessive Level Market. There’s nothing prefer it on the planet. If you speak to the consumers and inside designers, not solely do they know they’re seeing the world’s finest furnishings, however the world’s finest individuals,” Cooper stated. “A whole lot of locations have tried to take this away from Excessive Level, however they will’t. They’ll’t as a result of the character of the individuals right here, the truth that the individuals who reside within the Excessive Level space make individuals from all around the world really feel welcome and appreciated. They know they’re right here to get an expertise. That’s what makes this particular.”
In welcoming media and dignitaries to listen to Cooper’s ideas in the marketplace. Shuford stated the Excessive Level Market is one in every of two issues that North Carolina is thought for worldwide. “It’s most likely one of many few worldwide gems North Carolina has. ACC basketball and the Excessive Level Furnishings Market: Wherever you go on the planet, individuals know these two issues,” he stated.
Cooper reaffirmed the state’s dedication to the market, and he expects that its funds will bear it out.
“I believe the state of North Carolina acknowledges the financial influence of this market. It’s important,” Cooper stated. “The funding that’s invested for transportation and the issues they should do to make this market the very best, that cash is effectively invested. It’s why I believe you’re going to see extra of it on this funds if we are able to get it finished.”
Bassett, who serves because the Excessive Level Market Authority’s head of presidency affairs, underscored the market’s influence, noting that it’s the largest single financial occasion within the state annually, bringing some 75,000 guests (in non-pandemic situations) and 1,500 exhibitors in and amongst 11 million sq. ft of showroom area. Bassett stated Cooper has lengthy understood the worth of the market and has been an ally in Raleigh.
“He’s a daily customer and a constant and enthusiastic supporter for our budgetary wants for the Excessive Level Market,” Bassett stated. “Significantly over the previous three markets, he and the well being division have been integral in guiding us on the best way to have a protected market and a accountable market and to nonetheless have a market.”
Mayor Wagner backed up Bassett’s assertions on what the market means to Excessive Level, the area and the trade.
“The world involves Excessive Level to buy furnishings. The world’s corporations come right here to indicate it, and the world’s consumers come right here to purchase it,” he stated. “We’re comfortable to have the ability to have a market after popping out from beneath COVID-19 hopefully. We’re trying ahead to getting again to full capability and having the ability to showcase this metropolis and state to the world.”
Cooper stated it’s not simply the market that’s so precious to the state, but in addition the furnishings trade at massive. He touted North Carolina’s 33,000 furnishings manufacturing jobs however famous extra will be finished. To that finish, he pointed to the success of the Furnishings Academy at Catawba Valley Neighborhood Faculty in Hickory, N.C. as, a solution to educate the subsequent technology of furnishings makers.
“Any of the furnishings producers on this state can let you know that they will rent a quantity extra individuals proper now. I believe it’s as much as us as a state to offer the coaching and training prematurely manufacturing to fill these positions,” he stated.