Our story began with the example of grit and determination that was set before us right at the start, in the very founding moments of our company.
We have been a family owned and operated business since 1963, and it is the passion we have for a culture of teamwork and commitment that has been instrumental to our search for partnering with customers who love beautiful, intricate designs proudly made in the US. In keeping with a fast paced, ever changing market demand, we have embraced change over the years as a fundamental aspect of success in the wooden furniture industry. Just as our culture sets us apart in the manufacturing world, our fleet of advanced CNC technology combined with hand craftsmanship throughout our operations allows us to provide a quality and service that is unique to us.
Simply put, we strive to exceed our customer’s expectations. We love our team. We hope to be a light in our community.
- Dave & Julie Laforce, Owners, Built by Newport
As an owner since 1996, Dave Laforce is the creative champion and driver of the vision for Built by Newport. His passion for building long lasting partnerships both internally and externally is the heartbeat of the company. His story is one that is deeply rooted in the history of the company and therefore provides a wealth of experience and expertise in the wood industry.
Julie Laforce comes to BBN with an intentional focus on the advancement and support of our team members as we aspire to be the best place to work in our beautiful, little piece of Vermont. Her role is a collaborative effort with Human Resources and team leaders in ensuring that BBN offers an environment that supports the well being of our valued team members.
Recognized as a leader in the wood industry for transformational leadership and change management, Jennifer inspires an unprecedented level of companywide team involvement as we strive to be best in class! With over 20 years of experience in the industry, her expertise in tools such as LEAN along with an emphasis on core values and vision moves the needle significantly in our continuous improvement journey.
With over 35 years of experience at Built by Newport, Paul Gariepy is a seasoned teacher of all things involving the production and flow of products. Nothing brings more excitement to his day than the opportunity to invite others to learn the tricks of the trade that he has learned and grown in over the years. His mantra – “safe, on-time, and on-quality”and we love him for it!
For over 10 years at Built by Newport, David Legacy has had a vital role in new product development initiatives. His ability to capture the essence of the customer’s vision for a product and to bring those designs to life so they become a manufacturing reality is second to none. Partnering with our customers, Dave’s talent for designing beautiful furniture is simply what makes him tick!