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In 1985 several investors from Hickory, North Carolina had a vision. They saw the local furniture industry thriving and knew that the time was perfect to put together the right team and build a furniture company. So, later in 1985 construction began and a new furniture company with clear vision and a bright future was started.

Progressive Furniture began by manufacturing and distributing occasional tables and quickly got into the bedroom business. By 2001, the company had grown into a major player in US furniture manufacturing with sales in all major furniture markets including: occasional tables, bedroom furniture, entertainment centers and dining room.

In August of 2001, Progressive Furniture was acquired by Sauder Woodworking and proudly became part of the Sauder family of companies. This acquisition created the 7th largest furniture manufacturing company in the world! Sauder and Progressive operate facilities in Ohio, North Carolina, California, Mexico and China. Progressive also has partnerships with factories all over the world including Indonesia, Vietnam, China and Hong Kong to name a few.

Please click below to visit the web sites of our other companies:

Sauder Woodworking
Sauder is the nation's fifth largest residential furniture manufacturer and North America's largest maker of ready-to-assemble furniture (RTA). Headquartered in Archbold, Ohio, Sauder produces nearly 25 percent of all RTA furniture sold in the United States. Sauder RTA sales totaled nearly $500 million in 2005.

Sauder Manufacturing Company
A leading U.S. manufacturer of furniture solutions for houses of worship, colleges & universities, and healthcare facilities Sauder Manufacturing Company.

Historic Sauder Village
A living history museum designed to convey the values and life style of the founding settlers of northwest Ohio.