Leveraging the Future Foothills: Asset Mapping the North Carolina Furniture Industry Cluster

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Keith G. Debbage, Professor (Creator)
Susan M. Walcott, Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: North Carolina features the second largest furniture industry by state in the nation, despite a decline in the state’s furniture manufacturing jobs by more than 50% from 2001to 2009 . Previous studies of the North Carolina furniture industry suggested that the state should not give up on this traditional manufacturing strength but instead figure out how to best adapt to new economic realities. A contributing weakness is the tendency of major furniture regions in the state to operate in isolation from each other even though leveraging the various furniture industry clusters can help facilitate a statewide comparative advantage.

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Language: English
Date: 2010
north carolina, economics, furniture industry, manufacturing jobs, industry clusters, north carolina economy

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