By the end of this week, the first 3,500 lbs of maple plywoods will have been shipped to a Canadian lumber company, and that company, Lowes Canada, is making the chair for the first time.
It will cost $20,000, but Lowes says it will be a great investment.
“The lowes chair is going to be a product that’s going to make people feel good,” says John Koppelman, vice president of product development for Lowes.
“We think that people who are in our industry are really going to love it.”
Lowes has been making low-cost plywood chairs for years.
They make them in China and ship them across the border in order to keep them cheap.
But in the last five years, the company has been able to cut its costs dramatically, and the quality of its lumber has improved as well.
Lowes’ CEO, David Schofield, says that the company also sees an opportunity to increase its workforce in the future.
“We have a lot of skilled workers in our warehouse who are ready to do this for us,” he says.
“I’m sure we can do better with the quality materials we have, so we’ll keep trying to improve it.
And I think it’s an exciting opportunity for us.”