Rotary Welcomes Fancher Chair Executive

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Left to right: Rotary President, John Healy; Gary Henry, Sr., Fancher Chair executive and Courtney Curatolo, Rotary program committee member.

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Rotary Club of Jamestown

The Rotary Club of Jamestown welcomed Gary Henry, Sr., a representative of the Fancher Chair of Falconer, NY to their weekly meeting.

A native of the area, Henry graduated from Jamestown Community College with an associate degree in Accounting and attended Syracuse to study wood. He started as the office manager for Sterlingworth in 1968, later becoming the Plant Manager. When Fancher purchased Sterling in 1975, he ran the operation for them. He remained the General Manager until 1986 when he became the cost and accounting manager.

Henry founded Falcon Chair in 1992 for Crawford Manufacturing and ran the company until 2010 where he still works part time. Henry’s son now owns the company.
Fancher Chair has been in business for 215 years. They have no sales staff; all sales are a result of word of mouth. They are successful doing whatever is needed to stay alive and firmly believe in innovation (they are about to add upholstery to their chair line), safety (they have installed superbly safe instrumentation for their workers), environmental soundness (following all protocols to protect the environment) and they have a strong workforce – many who have been with the company for many years. They also believe in diversification because to remain the same in the furniture business is to become non-existent.

The company has sold chairs to the White House, they made temporary benches for the remodeling of the Chautauqua Amphitheatre and then manufactured the final benches, and now they are working on a hammock chair that was seen on television’s “SHARK TANK.”

The company uses a great deal of different types of lumber to include walnut, cherry, maple and ash and they also import European beach.

Henry provided a fascinating look at a very successful local business.

The Rotary Club of Jamestown welcomed Gary Henry, Sr., a representative of the Fancher Chair of Falconer, NY to their weekly meeting.

A native of the area, Henry graduated from Jamestown Community College with an associate degree in Accounting and attended Syracuse to study wood. He started as the office manager for Sterlingworth in 1968, later becoming the Plant Manager. When Fancher purchased Sterling in 1975, he ran the operation for them. He remained the General Manager until 1986 when he became the cost and accounting manager.

Henry founded Falcon Chair in 1992 for Crawford Manufacturing and ran the company until 2010 where he still works part time. Henry’s son now owns the company.
Fancher Chair has been in business for 215 years. They have no sales staff; all sales are a result of word of mouth. They are successful doing whatever is needed to stay alive and firmly believe in innovation (they are about to add upholstery to their chair line), safety (they have installed superbly safe instrumentation for their workers), environmental soundness (following all protocols to protect the environment) and they have a strong workforce – many who have been with the company for many years. They also believe in diversification because to remain the same in the furniture business is to become non-existent.

The company has sold chairs to the White House, they made temporary benches for the remodeling of the Chautauqua Amphitheatre and then manufactured the final benches, and now they are working on a hammock chair that was seen on television’s “SHARK TANK.”

The company uses a great deal of different types of lumber to include walnut, cherry, maple and ash and they also import European beach.

Henry provided a fascinating look at a very successful local business.