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A Town Built to Last

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The town’s prosperity rests to an extent on an industry part of its foundation since the late 1800s: furniture. Attesting its enduring importance is furniture companies such as Hickory Furniture Mart and individuals such as Alex Shuford III, whose great grandfather founded Century Furniture. Filling the occupational gap left by furniture companies outsourced include industries such as transportation, which have helped to recuperate the economy. From this, city leaders are hopeful that younger generations such Millennials will continue to live and work in Hickory.