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Mobel, Inc. to close after 43 years in business

Retailers receive letter from longtime domestic producer

FERDINAND, Ind. — Mobel, Inc., a manufacturer specializing in solid wood bedroom furniture, is about to close its doors after 43 years in business.

The company informed retailers in January that it was closing after the board of directors determined it was no longer feasible to produce the same quality furniture it had been known for manufacturing over the years.

Its solid wood line included bedroom furniture as well as entertainment consoles and occasional tables.
This week, the company was still answering the phone at its headquarters in Ferdinand, and it was not clear when the company would officially close its doors. Mobel officials have not returned calls seeking comment, but several retailers told Furniture/Today they had received letters notifying them of the impending closure.

"We were sorry to hear that," said Hilda Cecil, co-owner of High Point Furniture Sales, a retailer in High Point. "They were a really good company...We had a long-standing relationship with them."

Cecil said her store has been in business for about 30 years and has sold the Mobel line for the past 20. She said customers liked the solid wood construction and the fact that it was made in the U.S.

"It just made us sick," she said after hearing of the closing from a letter the company sent in late January. "It was one of the few companies left that was made here in the U.S. It was all solid and we just loved being able to tell our customers about their furniture."

Jim Godby, owner of Godby Home Furnishings, a three-store retailer based in central Indiana, said he too was disappointed at the news, which he also read in a letter sent in late January. He said his store, which has been in business since 1974, has carried the line for 30 years.

"It is just a really sad situation that the small U.S. manufacturer cannot make it in today's economy," Godby said, adding that the line was good quality, solid wood furniture and said the company's staff is easy to work with.

Jim Hendrick, owner of Hendrick's Home Furnishings in Virden, Ill., said that had known of the line for 55 years, but had only carried some of Mobel's occasional products for a year and a half.

"It was a shock," he said of the news of the closing, which he too had read in a letter from the company. "But that is what is happening to the U.S. manufacturer. The Amish will take over that kind of business."


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