Local furniture factory wins large business award
Savoy Contract Furniture, 300 Howard St., has provided quality commercial furniture needs, and case and upholstery goods in terms of college and military housing since 1946 when it was founded as Savoy’s Machine Woodcarving Shop by John D. Savoy and his son, John A. Savoy.
Today, Adam Savoy, vice president of production, Deborah Vail, controller, and Savoy Contract Furniture manufactures commercial grade furniture to furnish college and university residence halls and military barracks, in addition to soft seating for their customers’ common/lounge spaces. The majority of products provided by Savoy are backed by their industry best Limited Lifetime Warranty.
Vail explained that many of the items the factory makes include beds, desks, night stands, seating as well as wardrobes.
“We provide high quality well built furniture that stands the test of time,” Adam Savoy added.
The business also received the large business award from the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce.
“It was a welcome surprise,” Adam Savoy said. “We are extremely proud and thankful that we could receive that designation. It really is a testament that has been here before us and is going to come after us.”
At its location in Montoursville, employees take the raw lumber and metal materials to assemble and manufacture their products at the factory with in house training to make the long-lasting furniture.
Savoy has supplemented several environmentally conscious policies and practices to reduce their carbon footprint. Some examples of such include utilization of a technologically advanced ultraviolet finishing system and use of water-based adhesives to minimize VOCs, updating fuel oil processing and heating systems to reduce oil consumption and airborne contaminants, and partnering with carefully selected lumber suppliers that hold SFI and FSC certifications.
In addition, the factory does business nationwide and internationally.
Vail added that the company also offers stable employment and has been connected to local schools to get recently graduated high school students and college students to work for the factory to accommodate the demands of incoming orders.
“Our normal work force is about 140 but it goes to 175 to 180 in the summer,” she said.
“It is great to see a lot of these college-age students come in and work,” Adam Savoy said. “They are hard workers. I can’t say enough about them.”
Vail also said that the business helps by training them like other employees but also helps give their employees upholstery skills, which are hard to come by.
The business maintains a relationship with local schools but is also a large supporter of local arts.