A life of making things
May 18, 1953
Peter Saloom shown front left in about 1960 Ever since Peter Saloom can remember he has been making things. This passion took root in his Father’s basement workshop in Mountainside, New Jersey in the 1960s. There he created things he dubbed “traptions” (contraptions). They were usually made of spare materials, paper clips, string, nails and screws. From this work came his love for designing and making things.
The Basement in Salisbury, MA
June 21, 1980
Where it all began. From a simple basement workshop designer Peter Saloom began to create both the designs and the philosophy that would become Saloom Furniture Company. These were the early days. The company only had a handful of customers. Peter handled the drawing, woodworking, sales, and delivery alone. Designs were simple, modern, and featured mixed material tops like slate and tile.
Linda Joins the Effort
June 21, 1981
Linda came on board with the company to help it grow. She left a career in social work, but didn’t leave behind the core values she had cultivated there. For over thirty years Linda has worked with the employees of Saloom Furniture, their families, and the surrounding community, constantly striving to improve the condition of peoples’ lives.
The Lowell Mill
June 21, 1983
Outgrowing the basement in Salisbury, Peter and Linda decide to move the company to a bigger facility. They will spend the next three years at 95 Bridge Street in Lowell, Massachusetts. This building was a historic mill building and Saloom Furniture occupied a small portion of the fifth floor.
June 21, 1984
Making it official. With a handful of employees, a couple of customers, and a two-page catalog of products Peter and Linda decide to incorporate and get down to business.
Growth! Move to Gardner, MA
June 16, 1986
The business quickly outgrew the facilities in Lowell so Peter and Linda moved the company to a 20,000 sq/ft factory in Gardner, Massachusetts. Gardner was best known for it’s century long history as the foremost furniture producing city in the nation. At the time that Saloom Furniture relocated to Gardner there were approximately 40 other furniture factories operating, employing thousands and thousands of local woodworkers, machinists, finishers, and laborers.
Corian Tables Take Off
June 26, 1987
With tile top tables already booming, Peter and Linda introduce tables that feature Dupont Corian, an brand new high durability innovation in dining furniture. At around the same time the chair end of the business starts to take off as well.
Inc. 500 for Three Straight Years
June 26, 1991
Saloom Furniture earns mention in the Inc. 500 list for three consecutive years!
Saloom moves to Winchendon, Massachusetts
June 26, 1993
With the business continuing to grow, Peter and Linda move the company to its current home on Murdock Avenue in Winchendon, Massachusetts. This adds 80,000 square feet of additional space for the company, effectively quadrupling its size. Additionally they keep the Gardner factory and begin production of furniture in both locations.
Wood Top Tables Develop
June 26, 1995
In order to keep up with customer needs and market trends Peter began designing solid wood table tops, a first for Saloom Furniture. Over the years Saloom has developed tables in maple, cherry, oak, and walnut.
Pinnacle Design Award
June 26, 2000
In 2000 Saloom Furniture was awarded the Pinnacle Design award for the Dynasty collection of dining furniture.
Gardner Factory Becomes Case Plant
June 27, 2002
New Castle Collection Introduced
June 27, 2008
In 2008 Saloom introduced the New Castle collection that showcased traditional European designs combined with the signature top treatments and craftsmanship that Saloom is known for.
Aggressive Launch Into Contemporary Furniture
June 28, 2010
In 2010 with the US manufacturing climate in a state of serious decline, Peter and Linda decide to inject the company’s product line with some new life. Contemporary furniture design had long been a passion of Peter’s and now he was able to make it a reality.
Walnut and Solid Surface
June 28, 2016
In 2016 Saloom started to feature beautiful walnut panels in the modern Peter Francis collection. At the same time, customers were clamoring for bright white top materials in modern designs. This lead to the introduction of bright white acrylic tops.