Hiddenite furniture executive aims to win fair and square

By John Dayberry, Hickory Daily Record

Roy R. Calcagne | Robert Reed Photo

When Roy R. Calcagne became president and CEO of Craftmaster Furniture 11 years ago, he met with each of the company’s approximately 400 employees in groups of 25 to convey his vision for the future.

Rumors were flying that the 34-year-old, privately owned upholstered furniture manufacturer was destined to become little more than a warehouse operation for its new, Chinese owners.

Calcagne assured Craftmaster employees that he and the new owners planned to grow the company. Further, he told them his goal was to make Craftmaster a great company, a place people were proud to work.

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