It is a bit surprising, but I am still working at the furniture plant. At the moment I am running one of the finishing sander machines in the annex. It is a whole lot quieter in there than it is in the main building, but of course I wear a set of those noise cancelling head phones while I am working. I figured that the money that they cost was not all that big of a deal compared to being able to hear for the rest of your days on this Earth. A lot of the older guys here probably wish that they had had those things when they were much younger men. It is a huge difference to me, because of the lack of headaches. I used to get them all of the time and some times I would hear the noise in my head long after I had gone home for the night.
Of course they still have the big furniture market up in High Point NC and they have the big Chair in the middle of town in Thomasville, but a lot of the plants have closed up and a lot of the jobs are gone off to some place in Asia where they can pay people a fraction of what a skilled worker will cost you in the USA. We do not make the sort of thing that they usually make in those place overseas it seems. This is high end stuff, in fact it is probably the sort of thing where a high cost of labor is not all that relevant. That is because you are pretty much selling prestige and status. It is the sort of stuff that some million dollar a year business executive would own and be proud to show off for visitors.