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Karges

Albert F. Karges, a first-generation immigrant, invested $600 in 1886 to develop his company, Karges, in Evansville, Indiana – the then-largest hardwood furniture manufacturing center of the world. Albert made modestly priced bedroom furniture of solid walnut and oak. Under the direction of its president, Frederick Bockstege, the company flourished till 1910.The company continued to prosper into the 20th century, and Albert’s son, Edwin F. Karges, Sr., joined the family business after World War I. Edwin traveled extensively throughout Europe, and began to implement old-world style in Karges furniture, inspired by his travel. The furniture took on a more classic look, distinguishing the company amongst its competitors. Following World War II, Edwin Sr.’s son Edwin Jr., graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Wood Technology, bringing the know-how of wood finishing that is now a signature at Karges. Over the years, all four of the Karges children have been involved in the business. Joan Karges Rogier is the current president, representing a fourth generation in leadership. In 2014, the business was acquired by Kindel and great, great granddaughter of Albert, Gretchen Keith, took the helm as Vice President of Marketing and Sales at Kindel. In 2015, Council furniture was acquired by Kindel as well, and the three brands make up Kindel Rapids today – all holding forth with a penchant for handcraftsmanship, including hand-carving, hand-painted decoration, and hand-rubbed veneers and finishes – quality and beauty inherent in the merging of Council, Karges, and Kindel. Kindel Rapids is prospering with genuine and authentic furniture made in America, featuring beds, breakfronts, Venetian consoles, dining room tables, accent chairs, wood dressers, coffee tables, end tables, and more, all showcasing the craftsmanship and quality that hallmarked Karges at its inception. Kindel Rapids is now the destination for true luxury American brands.