Guest Interview on Custom-made Decorative Hardware: Only in America

Guest post by Sue Garrison of KB-Resource.com, a community of designers, showrooms, architects, product developers and design professionals. In this post, I'd like to share with you an interview with Mark Scott, president of Longleaf Collection, a North Carolina door hardware manufacturer. In this conversation, we had a chance to talk about what separates his U.S.-made goods from foreign-made competitive products. Mark Scott knows he’s an anomaly in his field. All he has to do is take a trip to a local big-box store, where the shelves are full of foreign-made door hardware, to see how true that is. Yet his company, Longleaf Collection, has made 100% of its hardware products in Aberdeen, N.C., since it began 24 years ago.  Longleaf’s product line includes interior and exterior door hardware, such as push or pull entry sets, deadbolts and door knockers; cabinet knobs and pulls; and towel rings and other bathroom accessories. Q: How do you differentiate your hardware products from foreign-made choices on the market? Scott: We have high-quality, solid brass hardware that we consider to be affordably priced, comparatively speaking. Our hardware is manufactured in our U.S. factory. Even the components that we use are all U.S. made. Hardware from manufacturers that you find at Home Depot and Lowe’s is typically imported. Ours is made-to-order hardware with custom options. We also collaborate with North Carolina artist Bob Timberlake to make the...

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