Washington Furniture plant in Pontotoc
According to the Pontotoc Progress, the the Washington Furniture Sales plant in Pontotoc “is on fire” with several fire and emergency crews at the facility on Stafford Drive.
The company, founded by furniture industry veteran Gerald Washington in 2009, makes sofas, love seats and recliners.
Washington Furniture was acquired by Behold Home this past June for an undisclosed sum. Behold Home was formed in March 2014 in Smithville.
Combined, the two companies have more than 400 employees between them and 900,000 square feet in manufacturing space.
It marks the second major furniture plant fire in Pontotoc County this year. In January, parts of American Furniture Manufacturing’s facility in Ecru were destroyed, but the company was able to get back to full production within weeks.
More details about today’s fire at Washington Furniture will be provided as they become available at the Daily Journal website..
Washington started Washington Furniture Sales in a building he owned near his home in Randolph in late 2009, then debuted his first offerings at the spring Tupelo Furniture Market. It employs about 300 people.
The company moved into a 369,000-square-foot building once owned by Action Industries/Lane Furniture in 2011, and in 2016, it announced it was adding another 125,000 squre feet.
Washington began making upholstered furniture frames in the late 1970s and turned a $400 investment into a multimillion-dollar furniture venture, Washington Furniture. The company employed nearly 1,000 people at six plants in Pontotoc County when it was sold to investors in the 1980s.
Washington ran the company until 1997 before leaving to start American Furniture a year later.
Washington Furniture later changed its name to Kensington and eventually went out of business.
In 2004, Washington sold American, and he signed a five-year non-compete agreement.