CHILTON FURNITURE, A FAMILY-OWNED ICONIC MAINE BUSINESS WITH A NATIONAL MARKET WELCOMES NEW OWNERS.
Chilton Furniture, an iconic, family-owned Maine company with a 150 year old history has been sold to Chilton Holdings, Co. The new owners have pledged to preserve the qualities that have helped to build Chilton Furniture’s reputation into a national brand, selling only American-made furniture inspired by Shaker designs, made with the same attention to craftsmanship that has stood the test of time since the founding of the Shaker community in 1747. Most of Chilton’s furniture is handcrafted in a small Maine factory with Shaker-like dedication to workmanship, function and simplicity of line and form.
The Chilton name is as old as New England. James Chilton and his family were passengers on the Mayflower. Legend has it that James’ daughter, Mary Chilton, was the first to set foot on Plymouth Rock. She was reportedly so excited to arrive in the New World that she leapt from the dingy and waded ashore.
Descendants of Mary Chilton formed a corporation in Portland, Maine during the manufacturing boom that followed the Civil War, becoming one of the Country’s first conglomerates. Chilton Furniture is an outgrowth of that company, and continues today as one of America’s foremost family-owned businesses.
As an avid supporter of the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, Chilton Furniture has underwritten the production of a video interview with the last surviving members of the Shaker community. A notable exhibit is currently on display at Rockland, Maine’s Farnsworth Art Museum, The Shakers: from Mount Lebanon to the world.
CBI acted as advisor to the owners of Chilton Furniture, and assisted in the successful negotiation and transition of this business when this iconic Maine business was sold to Chilton Holdings, Co.
CBI is committed to helping the owners of family-owned businesses develop and implement their exit strategy, just as we did for Chilton Furniture.
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