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Lorts Manufacturing was founded in 1966 by Andy Lorts who was operating a small independent furniture store in Phoenix. Seeing the success that big box stores like Levitz were having on his business, he realized quickly he needed to diversify. He bought the machinery of a small lamp manufacturer and despite Andy’s lack of experience, he was now a furniture manufacturer. Ironically, Levitz would eventually become the new company’s biggest customer and as Levitz grew, so did Lorts. The first generation of product was Early American in style and made from alder bought from Northwest Hardwoods in the Pacific Northwest. Lorts still make it’s furniture from alder from Northwest Hardwoods and is their oldest customer. Andy sold the company in the early ‘80’s. The new owner of Lorts was unable to continue the original Lorts success and in 1984, Andy’s son Mike bought the struggling company. Mike needed to get new customers and he needed them fast. He decided to make an entry into the waterbed market, which was growing at an incredible rate. Mike quickly built a reputation for making the highest quality bedroom furniture in the world. Lorts today still receives mail from customers who still love their Hallmark canopy bedroom set. ... Show more
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