UNC alums' furniture startup to take on IKEA from new Hillsborough space

UNC alums' furniture startup to take on IKEA from new Hillsborough space

After putting up with the tight confines of its Queens, New York, manufacturing space for two years, furniture maker Cardinal Workshop is moving its headquarters to Hillsborough.

A familiarity with Orange County helped. 

“(Being based in New York) is tough,” co-founder Dennis Blanco said. “Rent is horrendous and space is tight. It’s not a good long-term solution for us.”

Blanco, who founded the company with fellow UNC alumnus Bryce Williamson, said the company considered moving to Durham, Burlington and Mebane before deciding on a 6,000-square-foot facility off of Interstate 85 in Hillsborough. The move will give Cardinal triple the space it had in New York.


 

 

Former UNC student, nonprofit founder invited to Clinton Global Initiative University

Former UNC student, nonprofit founder invited to Clinton Global Initiative University

Camille McGirt always believed that actions taken locally can have a ripple effect and change lives around the globe. That core idea is inherent in the name Healthy Girls Save the World (HGSW), the nonprofit she founded in 2011 as an undergraduate student at UNC-Chapel Hill.