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Broyhill Furniture is a furniture company best known today for its case goods and upholstered furniture. It has generated collections inspired by designers and architects such as Paul Evans, Adrian Pearsall and Oscar Niedermeyer. The company's history began when James 'Ed' Broyhill started working for his brother’s furniture business in 1919. It was destroyed by fire a few years later, and Broyhill saw the chance to start his own company. In 1926, he borrowed $5,000 using his house as collateral and founded the Lenoir Chair Company, named after the town in North Carolina where it was located. At first, his work consisted mainly of upholstering chairs on consignment. Soon he started building his own furniture, and by the early 1940s he had purchased six independent local furniture companies and consolidated them under his own name. Focusing on bedroom and upholstered furniture, the enterprise continued to grow and expand, and by the end of the 1970s Broyhill operated 20 factories and employed 7,500 workers. Annual sales now exceed $250 million. Although the company has been sold several times since 1980, the Broyhill name is still recognized as one of the oldest and best-known furniture brands in the country. Broyhill manufactured furniture for virtually every area of the home; the collections include furniture for the living room, dining room, bedroom, home office and kids’ rooms, as well as outdoor and entertainment furniture. In addition to hundreds of locations around the U.S., Broyhill furniture can be purchased in about 35 other countries. Broyhill was purchased by Big Lots in early 2019, opening a new market for its time-honored furniture.