Rivertown Woodcraft, run by owner Jim Torrey, specializes in custom residential and commercial furniture, and is embracing the DIY era hosting workshops and developing curriculum for one-on-one woodworking lessons. His business has seen exponential growth over the last four years, and especially during the past six months since a move into a larger commercial space and recently completing additional furnishings for The Søvengård expansion on Bridge Street in Grand Rapids.
After years as a one-man show, the time has come to become an employer of craftsmen and women. With an increase in exposure and higher demand for custom furniture made here in Michigan, Rivertown Woodcraft is ready to expand its fleet and personnel to assist in production and delivery.
By hiring its first employee, Rivertown Woodcraft will be able to service an increased amount of furniture commissions and deliver higher quality products—faster. Additional employees will also increase visibility in the Grand Rapids are and possibly provide opportunities for partnerships with other local craftspeople.
The trailer will also enable professional service and delivery of custom furniture. Currently, RW delivers larger pieces with rented trailers.
What I Will Do With $5,000
If RW is given the $5000 by 5x5 Night, it will be divided into two avenues. Firstly, $2850 will go towards a 6 x 12 enclosed trailer capable of hauling just about anything we currently build. Bar tops, 10 person dining room tables, hutches, and cabinetry will all fit. Emblazoned with our slogan and branding, this trailer will be a real game changer.
The remainder of the funds will enable them to hire their first employee at $15 an hour, 20 hours a week for 7 weeks, enough to get us going.