- Who is abner Henry?
It all started in 1918, in a small Amish community in Ohio, where students ended schooling after eighth grade to go to work, mothers made quilts that would become renowned, and fathers drove horses and buggies.
"Sounds old fashioned I know, but those are our humble beginnings.
And nearly 100 years later, very little has changed.
We think that is a good thing. "
My name is Ernest Hershberger, and I am honored to share the Abner Henry story with you.
Abner was my Great Grandpa. Henry was my Dad. I greatly respect both of these men. Each day they modeled the Christian lifestyle through their work ethic, attention to detail in every aspect of their lives, and love of family and community. Abner was a farmer who also handcrafted furniture. My father was a woodworker. Both were innovative and enthusiastic individuals. And both were true, faithful Amish in their every day living and approach to the world. My father makes a positive impact in people's lives still today.
I am honored to continue the Abner Henry Tradition of fine woodworking. We follow a simple, but time-tested concept: We create a furniture piece that is made uniquely for one individual and expand that design exponentially to many diverse lines that we offer around the world.
There is something I really want you to understand. Yes, like my father and great grandfather, I am Amish. And yes, our company is in the heart of the largest Amish settlement in the world, centered here in northeast Ohio, but I want you to please know that we create much more that the mission-styled oak furniture so often associated with the Amish. Abner Henry has the country's most talented designers who are the inspiration for many, many different styles of meticulously crafted, cut, carved, sanded and finished solid wood pieces in the industry, and Abner Henry BLACK brings dreams to life with a custom process that unmatched in the furniture industry.
So where did my career begin? It began at age 15, in a facility that manufactured kitchen cabinets following in my Dad's footsteps. Back then, every order was a custom order. I would draw it up and say, "you can change the hardware, the finish - whatever you want" Back then, custom was the norm. We responded to every customer's dreams. That experience began the working philosophy now instilled and being used to build furniture at Abner Henry, Today, we follow the Kaizen Cell Method which focuses on highly efficient, just in time delivery in an environment of continually changing and improving standards. Our facilities are state of the art, embracing the technology of precision equipment and tools, while still maintaining the handcrafted and bench made quality.
My career took a different route when I met and married a beautiful lady, Barbara, from Mt. Hope (10 miles from where I lived). Barbara's family focused on a retail business. In 1990, my wife and her parents started a retail store in a converted chicken house. They represented popular brands that only sold products as shown. I didn't know the furniture industry didn't function the same way as we did in the kitchen cabinet business. A client wanted this size or that finish and my answer would be the same: "Yes", not knowing the manufacturers would say "No". Thus was born the concept and my realization of the need for unlimited custom furniture, Abner Henry BLACK.
In 2001, we built a 27,000 square foot retail store just north of Mt. Hope, and business really took off. We now have customers from all 50 states and several foreign countries. We average 4,000 people visiting our store each month. With that kind of response, we also built a new manufacturing business on the same campus as the store, and Abner Henry was born. Today, thanks to Jim Snip and our other highly talented designers, we are creating thousands of designs of solid hardwood furniture that will last your lifetime and the next. American made furniture styles will never, ever be discontinued. It is a pure pleasure and a joy to try and stay on task with the orders that come in, constantly tweaking and adding new designs, finishes and finishes. What I'm saying is you can repeat a look or a finish 50 or even 100 years from now. We fully expect any piece of Abner Henry furniture to be tomorrow's valued antique.
"We want to create the heirloom pieces that your kids and grandkids will cherish."
That brings me to Abner Henry BLACK, the industry's new standard for handcrafted, fully custom offerings. It's proof that there isn't anything you can dream, that we can't create. The only limitations are your own imagination.
Abner Henry is and always will be unique in the world of furniture. We take our jobs very seriously and constantly strive to deliver the highest quality possible. But I want to also say that our work is about who we are. Our beliefs and our faith reflect the quality of furniture that we produce. A big part of the Abner Henry dream is to keep our community working. No matter happens, we will always have our spirit, out heart and our faith.
I look forward to meeting you personally,