By Melissa Lampert, KHTS Staff Writer
A Royal Suite, a family owned and operated Santa Clarita furniture store, is helping keep jobs in the United States by stocking their showroom with high-quality furniture made in America.
“We made a huge, huge commitment about four years ago to try to focus on our American-made manufacturers,” said Norb Moniz of A Royal Suite. “It’s important for us to bring jobs back to America.”
Because of the popularity of inexpensive, but typically poor quality, foreign-made furniture, many family-run American furniture manufacturers have been forced out of business, according to Moniz.
Furniture stores like A Royal Suite decided to be a part of the solution to this ongoing problem by locating American manufacturers that produce high-demand categories of furniture to partner with, helping prevent the loss of American jobs by keeping their doors open.
Because certain categories of popular products are only available overseas, A Royal Suite helps create American jobs by requiring foreign manufacturers to bring their products into the United States and employ a certain number of Americans before they will carry the product.
“A thousand American jobs have to be employed before we will buy their product,” Moniz explained. “We will not buy product directly from China and bring it in directly to our facility. It has to go through some type of standards throughout the United States; otherwise we just will not carry their product.”
In addition to helping keep jobs in the U.S., carrying furniture made in America has benefits to the customer as well:
“We feel real strong that we get a better product, we ship quicker and it gives us the ability to customize our product if we strictly focus on American-made products,” Moniz said.
Customers can customize the style, shape and fabric of their furniture when it’s American-made, and they can also more easily repair damages later on, according to Moniz.
“Once products come in from overseas, after a year it’s no longer available… They make a huge manufacturing run of this product and once it’s gone, it’s gone,” he said. “When a product is made in America, if by some chance there’s some part that’s necessary a year later, we’re able to get it. We’re able to satisfy our customer’s needs.”
The Santa Clarita furniture store A Royal Suite has been in the Santa Clarita Valley for 37 years, with its newest 22,000-square-foot showroom located on Carl Boyer Drive. About 80 percent of the products available at A Royal Suite are furniture made in America, with custom sofa, upholstery, living room and memory foam mattress options available. For more on A Royal Suite, go to www.hometownstation.com.
A Royal Suite
26536 Carl Boyer Drive
Santa Clarita, CA 91350