The History of Cresent Furniture
At Cresent Fine Furniture, fine craftsmanship is a family tradition.
For seven decades, Cresent Fine Furniture has staked our reputation on providing high-quality solid wood furniture at an outstanding value. Now in our third generation of family ownership and hands-on management, we strive every day to carry on this tradition and uphold our hard-earned reputation.
Cresent was founded in 1947 by Charles Tomkins, who, when he was unable to procure furniture for his store that met his exacting standards, decided that he would just have to make it himself. Surrounding himself with craftsman from his hometown of Gallatin, Tennessee, he began producing solid cherry and solid maple bedroom furniture and then hit the road—often driving across the country with a sample nightstand in his car to spread the word about this little furniture company in Tennessee.
The Second Generation
Over the years Cresent’s reputation grew, and the company expanded both our Tennessee production facilities and in the late 1960’s added another generation of family ownership to the management team. In the early 1980’s our founder’s son Tommy Tomkins and son-in-law Dennis Condra took the reins to lead Cresent. They worked alongside many second and third-generation employees to expand Cresent’s business, introducing solid mahogany to the species that Cresent used, as well as adding dining room and occasional furniture to the bedroom assortments produced the Tennessee factory.
In the late 1990’s our third generation of owners joined the Cresent team, and today work alongside their fathers to bring Cresent successfully into the 21st
Century. Although the business model has changed over the last 10 years as the American furniture manufacturing industry has faced many challenges, we remain committed to hands-on management of the business along with our employees--who average 19 years of service with Cresent. That commitment is reflected in the fact that the three core parts of our business are headed by a member of the third generation:
Richard Tomkins is our Director of Sales and Marketing, managing relationships with our customers throughout the US and Canada.
Taylor Condra is Cresent’s Director of Operations, and supervises our facilities in Tennessee that provide quality assurance, distribution, and furniture finishing capabilities.
Finally, Joseph Condra is Director of Product Development and Manufacturing, and oversees our Design process and manufacturing facilities from his home base in Asia.
So--seven decades, three generations, and lots of changes to the business. But one thing remains constant: our family’s commitment to hands-on management alongside our dedicated employees. When you deal with Cresent, you deal with us—not some faceless corporate bureaucracy. And since our name is on the furniture, the Cresent family—owners and employees—takes special pride in ensuring that we provide you with heirloom-quality furniture at a fair price. That is Value, and we think when you see our furniture, you will share our pride.
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