It’s 80 years for , about six in Woodbury.
The on Wednesday held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the furniture store, as the Vermont-based company celebrated its 80th anniversary.
“Happy birthday to you,” said Mayor Mary Giuliani Stephens said, who purchased a Christmas gift for her husband from Ethan Allen. “And we’re glad you’re older than I am.”
Matthew Johnson, part of the chamber’s ambassadors committee, said Ethan Allen is a “great part of the community.”
“We appreciate your presence,” he said.
Rick Swanson, district design manager for Ethan Allen, said 70 percent of the company’s products are made in the U.S., and it exports more to China than it imports.
“We’re very proud of that,” Swanson said, also noting new green initiatives at Ethan Allen.
The recession slowed the regular "reinvention" of Ethan Allen, but it has since offered new products and redesigns of floor space, Swanson said. There is also an interactive touch screen at the store that helps people find products based on ther tastes.
Overall, Swanson said the company’s experience in Woodbury “has been outstanding.”