Curated Creators: Lee Industries

At Saybrook Home, we take pride in curating high-end, reputable vendors to provide you with the best furniture and decor products for your home. We continuously search high and low for new creators and stay up-to-date on our current vendors to curate hand-made, durable, and customizable pieces so you can leave our store confident and excited with your purchases.

Our 42,000 sq ft showroom space has everything you need for your home, fashion, and lifestyle.

 
 

 
 
In 1969, Bill and Dottie Coley opened a 7500 square foot factory in Newton, North Carolina, hired 10 people, and began crafting wood-framed upholstery pieces. In 1972 Chic Robinson joined the team as Executive Vice President in charge of financial, production, and administrative functions and helped propel LEE to a new level. From that humble beginning, LEE has expanded to four manufacturing plants and has grown to be a leader and innovator in environmentally friendly manufacturing practices.

As their company … and their family … grew, LEE expanded their product offering to include leather, machine washable slipcovers, exclusive designer collections, outdoor furniture, and the naturalLEE line of products.

LEE knows that a healthy community is the best way to support healthy manufacturing. In 2014, LEE introduced their LEE Loves Local campaign, a program that encourages communities to shop their local retailer and showcases artisans and small shop owners in the same community.

That same year, LEE celebrated the revitalization of downtown Conover, North Carolina, recapturing an abandoned furniture facility to create new corporate offices and manufacturing space for LEE in the heart of this small southern town.

As LEE approaches its 50th anniversary, it will continue to focus on the people, the products, and the practices that have proven successful over the years. LEE knows that there is nothing more valuable than a satisfied customer and enduring loyalty. LEE’s quality and craftsmanship will continue to draw fans for years to come.
 
 


 
 
As new technology has progressed and as new products are made available, LEE has made the effort to incorporate them into the manufacturing process. In 2006, LEE introduced naturalLEE, an option in upholstery that features soy-based cushions, fibers made from recycled plastic, organic fabrics for upholstery, and wood panels certified by FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) and SFI (Sustainable Forestry Initiative). With the program’s success and with LEE’s commitment to the environment, the benefits and components of naturalLEE have been made standard on all LEE products.

Sustainability for LEE means making responsible choices today that will impact our future. How does LEE do this?

    • LEE has donated over 142,515 trees to American Forests through sales of naturalLEE.
    • The features of naturalLEE save 64 gallons of crude oil per day -this equals 28 trips around the world in one year!
    • Just one back cushion uses 116 recycled plastic bottles.
    • Over 95% of all manufacturing waste is recycled. In 2007 alone, LEE Industries recycled 41,280 pounds of plastic; 141,060 pounds of fabric and upholstery material; 145,600 pounds of cardboard; 13,116 pounds of cotton; and 10,020 pounds of plastic bottles, aluminum cans, and paper.
    • LEE continues to incorporate new technologies to maximize fabric and leather yields.
    • LEE requires all vendors to have a Code of Conduct and adhere to those policies.

 
 

 
 
LEE’s love of furniture is contagious, and that is why they can’t resist creating the best upholstery product available, and it is all made in the USA! In four manufacturing facilities in North Carolina, they are able to employ over 670 skilled associates that create one-of-a-kind products.

Since quality is paramount to LEE, they believe that their product is given an edge because they are with it 100% of the way through manufacturing. For example, the driftwood finish requires nine steps to complete, and you can be assured that the person behind making that finish perfect is being held accountable for each and every application.

Even with a global supply network, 98% of the components in their products are supplied domestically, and most suppliers are in their home state of North Carolina. This includes the frames, foam, springs, cotton ticking, decking, fabrics, and packaging. Local suppliers mean local employment and reduced transportation costs, and CO2 emissions.

LEE has always manufactured in the USA, and if they were to sell 16 more sofas per week, they would be able to hire 5 new LEE associates, sell 160 more, and we could have 50 new hires at LEE. Proudly MADE IN THE USA!
 
 

 
 

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