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Austin Furniture Maker Four Hands Expands Distribution Space, Creates Jobs

Unlike many companies, Austin’s longtime furniture designer and global importer, Four Hands, has seen a surge in business during the coronavirus pandemic.

“We had a big boost during the pandemic,” said Jerome Kearns, chief operating officer of the company, which was founded in 1996. “People were buying home furniture. Because people were staying at home, the home office was very big. People were spending a lot of time at home.”

Still, the company, which has supplied furniture to retailers such as Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware and West Elm, has encountered supply chain issues and sometimes ran out of stock.

Those issues are largely resolved, Kearns said. Four Hands has 700 employees, including 480 in Austin. It also has international operations, which have been a lifeline during COVID, he said. The company has offices in Vietnam, China, India and Indonesia.

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