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Caldwell County employs 43% of the state's furniture industry workforce. To keep the economy growing into the next century, community leaders encourage diversification into industries like freight, fiber optics, chemicals, and tourism.
Furniture making is the major industry in Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, and Catawba Counties. The centerpiece is a 20-mile stretch of highway in Caldwell County that features forty furniture stores and 600 lines.
Formed in 1841 from parts of Burke and Wilkes Counties, Caldwell County is one of the leading furniture producing regions. Historically known for various forms of industrial production as well as agriculture, Caldwell is a locally referred to as, \"The Happy Valley.\"