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History

Each piece of furniture that is produced by Swaim is the product of a unique convergence of personality, passion, design, and quality. From our founder, Glenn Swaim Sr., building furniture in the middle of the night to building an international company, we’ve come a long way. We can thank our family principles, relationships, relentless pursuit for quality and trend-setting design, and eco-incentives for keeping us on track. Our company was founded based on family values and principles, and that thread is tightly woven throughout. Whether it’s the personality injected into the design or our commitment to deliver quality in every piece, each element matters to us.

1945

As a partner in Colonial Furniture in Winston-Salem, N.C, a traditional furniture store, Glenn Swaim, Sr. decided to venture into the manufacturing business for himself. He opened a small furniture factory behind his retail store to start his new business. Glenn Swaim, Sr. believed anything could be accomplished through cooperation, a team environment and strong leadership. 

1953

As the business grew he realized the need for a larger facility in High Point, NC, which is known as the furniture capitol of the world. The factory was relocated to Manning Street in High Point, NC and continued to produce fine traditional upholstery

1960s

The decade was an exciting one for Swaim Manufacturing. In 1963, the company moved into a new facility on Surrett Drive to accommodate its growing operations. The Swaims also celebrated another achievement, which Glenn Swaim, Sr. announced to his church congregation on a warm spring day in 1965. The company had been selected to provide furniture for the White House and President Lyndon B. Johnson.

1973

In the 1970s, the second generation of the Swaim family stepped into the business, and the company officially became Swaim Originals. The company again moved into a larger facility on Baker Road to accommodate growth. Swaim partnered with designer John Mascheroni, together they designed and produced the company’s first collection of contemporary furniture, which was sold exclusively through Bloomingdale’s in New York. With the success of that effort, the company transformed its focus to contemporary designs.

1975

Swaim Originals moved to its present location at 1801 South College Drive in High Point, NC. Along with the move, Swaim opened Swaim Metals to broaden and strengthen their product line for residential furniture. Using momentum from the Bloomingdale’s launch, Swaim changed its distribution patterns and positioned the company to sell to major retail stores.

1996

In 1996, Swaim Originals acquired Wagner, which manufactured casegoods in Archdale, NC. Casegoods were added to the line to meet the needs of customer demands.

1999

In need of a larger showroom, Swaim renovated and relocated its showroom into the former public library in downtown High Point, NC. The new Swaim Design Center is located at 411 South Main Street.

2007

Swaim Originals opened a state-of-the-art finishing department in its High Point manufacturing facility.

2010-2012

During the Fall 2010 High Point Furniture Market, Swaim introduced its Kaleidoscope collection, which introduced a moderately priced companion line for Swaim Originals. Less than a year later, Swaim consolidated all of their manufacturing to 1801 South College Drive to ensure the high quality of its products.

The Spring 2013 Market brought the addition of another collection, CR Currin. That same year, Swaim began to produce mirror and glass finishes. This further enhanced the line and diversity with mirror and glass styles.

2013

Swaim celebrated 40 years of partnership with designer John Mascheroni and their continuing relationship. 

2016

Swaim Celebrates 75 years in business.

2017

Andy Greene joins as Vice President and Sim Gaddy joins as Operations Director. The Swaim Showroom is sold with plans to bring Showroom to the plant campus.