Wednesday, June 6, 2012

105 Years of Tradition

Skip Sauder from Sauder Furniture emailed some pictures of a recent project featuring Wesco Fabrics. They have been a great customer of ours for over 40 years! I used to think that Wesco Fabrics was a company with a long heritage, but Sauder furniture of Roanoke, Illinois, beats us by quite a few years. The picture above shows the town of Roanoke in 1909 with Sauder Furniture (the tallest building on the left) and their delivery van on the street. The company began in 1907 and continues with the 4th generation today carrying on the family tradition. Skip and 3 other family members bought the company in 1984.

Skip’s Grandpa Frank is on the left in this wonderful picture of their store in the late 1920’s, early 1930’s.

Sauder Furniture today in Roanoke, where they serve customers throughout central Illinois.

1998 picture of Skip (left), his dad Jerry (middle), and his Uncle Jeff. Jerry is probably the nicest person I have ever had the pleasure of working with during all my years at Wesco Fabrics. Jerry, at 86, still works 6 days a week from 7:00 AM till 5:30PM! With all his years of experience I can just imagine what a super sales person he must be on the showroom floor! Skip has same DNA as his dad.

This is a bedroom Skip designed using Wesco Fabrics. The throw is Ripplewood, color Biscuit, the Euro Shams are Zambezi, color Neutral, and the pillows are Short Cut, color Gingersnap.

What a great bedroom for a teenage girl! The grommeted sheer panel looks really nice! The chair is upholstered in our pattern Tour de France, color Black Pink, for that “je ne sais quoi.”

The complete Wesco Fabrics’ team is honored to serve a company like Sauder Furniture! How does any business stay in the same family for 4 generations? It must be a combination of integrity, ingenuity, and enlightened management! All I can think of are words from Fiddler on the Roof, “Tradition, Tradition! Tradition!”

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  1. Great story... love reading about the history of this American company!