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story.lead_photo.caption James Smith, right and James Eldridge stand on a load of lumber Tuesday that had just been delivered to their small furniture company in Springdale. James + James Fine Furniture has grown in the last two years. Starting with just the two of them in a garage in Rogers, the business has expanded to a 7,200-square-foot workspace. - Photo by Spencer Tirey

James Smith was looking for furniture and couldn’t find anything he liked.

At A Glance

Furniture Manufacturing

James + James has 18 full-time and four part-time employees, according to James Eldridge, company co-owner. A majority of furniture manufacturers employ fewer than 99 workers.

Number of Employees Percent of Market

1-4 51.6

5-9 16.5

10-19 11.4

20-99 12.6

100-499 4.7

500+ 3.2

Source: IBISWorld

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Print Headline: Small Idea Turns Into Big Business

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