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Stone Creek celebrates 30 years as a leader

April 29th, 2021 SanTan Sun News
Stone Creek celebrates 30 years as a leader

By Kristine Cannon
Staff Writer

This year marks a milestone for Stone Creek Furniture: their 30th anniversary.

And to celebrate, Stone Creek Furniture is skipping the big bash and instead will maintain that day-to-day grind they’ve mastered over the past three decades – the same grind that helped them not only to survive the pandemic but thrive during it.

The pandemic spurred sales for two products: entertainment centers and home offices.

“When people were coming to realize that this work-from-home was not a temporary situation, the need to invest in a nicer work environment in the home – and also ways to entertain the family at home – came forefront. Like, how do we make the best of this?” said Stone Creek Furniture President and Founder Ron Jones.

Stone Creek Furniture has become a leader in the home furnishings industry with the quality of everything from furniture to kitchen cabinets and bathroom vanities.

Its first order was for 80 chairs, and since then, Stone Creek has been committed to “time-honored craftsmanship.”

What also sets Stone Creek apart is they manufacture locally, at their 44,000-square-foot factory in Chandler. Their other showroom is located in northern Scottsdale, just north of Scottsdale Quarter.

“We’re not like other furniture stores,” Jones said. “They’re not manufacturing; they’re buying from many factories around the world to provide the commodities that are in demand.”

This allows them to provide beautifully crafted furniture directly to the public at a wholesale price.

“We sell factory direct. So, that no-middleman concept is still alive and well here at Stone Creek,” Jones said.

In fact, Stone Creek Furniture is the largest furniture manufacturer in the state.

The company produces furniture and cabinetry using only the best selection of quality hardwoods and offers an extensive of selection of 35 fine finish colors among other features.

But Stone Creek’s niche, Jones said, is in customizing cabinetry.

In the midst of the pandemic, it saw strong sales during Q2 and Q3 of last year for media walls and entertainment centers, and home offices.

“Scottsdale always been a vibrant customer base for us,” Jones said, adding that the Chandler factory “was well-equipped to handle more volume than we had been doing.”

Stone Creek did, however, face their fair share of challenges keeping up with demand. One being interruptions in supply.

“Some of the supplies that we would have in hardware are made in China. So, there were some interruptions in supply in that. We had to pay more, but we could still manage to get it. The raw materials have been going up in price, too,” Jones explained.

Jones added that countertops also increased in price.

“There was also an exodus of the countertops that were being made in China,” he said.

“That became a little bit of a problem as those manufacturers tried to move their sourcing to other countries, and they got that done pretty rapidly, but there was quite a bit of price increase in the countertops.”

Despite the minor setbacks, Stone Creek Furniture managed to not only keep up with demand but also retain their staff amid the pandemic.

“We never laid off any employees,” Jones said proudly, adding that many of their employees have been with Stone Creek for more than seven years.

Jones expects work-from-home will “become very permanent” and that the home office market will “stay strong.”

“And I think the media wall entertainment center for the home is also going to stay strong,” he added.

According to a December 2020 report by Research and Markets, the global home office furniture market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of around 7.5 percent through 2026.

Jones’ goal this year is to become the largest selection and largest manufacturer of home office and media walls in Arizona.

“We’re putting a lot of focus again on those two commodities,” he said.

“We’re extremely proud of the work we do here at Stone Creek,” Jones added. “We are not just selling cookie cutter furniture made in China; we are collaborating with each customer and design that one-of-a-kind piece of furniture or cabinetry for their home.”