The other nominees are Aminy I. Audi, John D. Bassett III, Milo Ray Baughman Jr., A. Leon Capel Jr. and Eugene Rosenberg.
“The home furnishings industry is comprised of highly diverse roles and products, which is represented in this year’s slate of the leaders in our industry,” said George Cartledge III, president of the foundation. “Each person represents a life-long career of exemplary achievement, leadership, innovation and generosity. Each nominee has earned the respect of his peers as well as the industry as a whole, and will be made an Industry Fellow.”
Franklin is chairman and CEO of Franklin Corp. He launched his small, family-owned business in 1970, which now supplies American-made upholstered motion furniture worldwide and has sustained double-digit growth nearly every year.
Among the largest privately owned U.S. furniture manufacturers with more than 1,300 employees, its 75-acre campus includes a metal stamping facility, foam fabrication plant, dimension mill, recliner plant, motion sofa plant, logistics company and fully equipped research and development operation.
Franklin has received the American Home Furnishings Association Distinguished Service Award, the Upholstered Furniture Action Council Industry Service Award and was elected to the Mississippi Business Hall of Fame.
He has served as lead director of BancorpSouth and on boards including the Mississippi Economic Council, North Mississippi Health Services, Journal Publishing Co., Commission on the Future of Northeast Mississippi, the Community
Development Foundation and Mississippi State’s Development and Athletic foundations.
He established a $1 million endowment at Mississippi State University for the Franklin Furniture Institute, a research and training center benefiting the furniture industry.
New members will be announced and officially inducted into the American Furniture Hall of Fame at the annual banquet on Oct. 20.
During the event, each nominee will be publicly recognized and presented with a Hall of Fame pin and plaque. New inductees will be presented with the “Affie,” the highest award bestowed by the American furniture industry.
The candidates were selected from open nominations and the Industry Fellows Selection Committee based on their contributions to the growth and development of the furniture industry in America with a focus on four standards: enduring excellence, superior accomplishments, innovation and creativity and philanthropic generosity.