For more than 40 years, Lee Industries has built high quality furniture with a devotion to respect for its employees, customers and the environment.
Bill and Dottie Coley founded Lee Industries in Newton, North Carolina, in 1969, determined to make the kind of furniture they'd want in their own home. Bill's training as an architect combined with Dottie's keen eye for colors and pattern made them a formidable team. Now their son Norman runs the family-owned company with the same values as his parents; it's a commitment to treating employees, partners, community and the environment with respect. In fact, every vendor that works with Lee must adhere to a Code of Conduct to ensure those values are present every step of the way.
The craftspeople at Lee take great pride in producing American-made furniture with years of hands-on experience. In fact, the average tenure for a Lee associate is over 15 years. "There's a level of skill, commitment and caring within our company," says Norman. "When we care for each other, the product and the community, it all becomes part of the products that are in our customers' homes." By using the finest materials, Lee aims to build furniture that will last for generations.
Design that Makes a Difference
Lee is a founding member of the Sustainable Furnishings Council (SFC) and Silver Exemplary Member of the SFC. The company holds Forestry Stewardship Council and Sustainable Forestry Initiative certificates. For Lee, sustainability means looking at the entire business—from workflow processes to wood types—to find ways to be even more eco-friendly. As Norman says, "It doesn't seem worth changing things if it's just for marketing purposes; we continue to improve because it's the right thing to do." Monitoring water consumption, using soy-based cushions and establishing a "green team" in every plant are just a few examples of Lee's commitment to environmental responsibility.