Furniture company to create 113 jobs in south High Point

Feb. 19, 2014 @ 06:12 PM

A Belgian furniture company will establish its North American manufacturing headquarters in south High Point, Gov. Pat McCrory announced Wednesday.
BuzziSpace Inc. plans to create 113 jobs and invest more than $1.75 million over the next five years in the former Pickett Cotton Mill building at 1200 Redding Drive.
The company designs and makes workspace furniture, acoustical treatments, fabrics and wallpaper.
Some of the jobs will be in manufacturing and distribution, with others in customer service, office and management categories. The jobs will pay average annual wages of $45,000. Company officials said they hope to be in operation by September.
The 100-year-old Pickett building most recently was occupied by Claude Gable Co. Inc., a furniture company that closed down in 2006.
In making the announcement at High Point City Hall, McCrory said BuzziSpace’s decision represents the latest development in the state’s “manufacturing comeback,” as more companies return to domestic production after years of pursuing lower labor costs overseas.
“This great new company recognized a vision for the future for High Point and said, ‘We can make this happen here. We’ve got a unique building. We’ve got the labor force, and we have some new customers in this area,’” he said. “Not only is it going to bring new jobs here to High Point, I think it’s going to revive an entire neighborhood.”
Local officials said they hope BuzziSpace will lead the way in revitalizing the Southside area — a part of the city that once was the industrial core of High Point and has struggled with blight and crime as furniture and textile companies closed.
“We said we really want to be in an area where we can integrate into the community and where we feel that the community is going to support us,” said BuzziSpace USA Owner Tom Van Dessel. “We found a great building. It’s a beautiful building. It has fantastic bones. It was wonderfully maintained by the Gable family.”
He said the area’s skilled work force and vendor network were among the factors that made High Point attractive. The company will lease the 105,000-square-foot building.
BuzziSpace’s products are marketed for their “functionality, lightness and flexibility” for use in modern work spaces.
Van Dessel said the company looked at sites in South Carolina, Michigan and Indiana for the project before settling on High Point.
In September, the High Point City Council authorized up to $162,000 in economic incentives for the project. The Guilford County Board of Commissioners in October authorized up to $113,000 in incentives.
The project also has been authorized for a state grant from the One North Carolina Fund of up to $100,000.
All of the incentives are performance-based and require the company to meet job-creation and capital-investment standards before receiving any money.