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History

The Early Years.
Our unique history dates back to the late 19th century and the three companies from which we evolved: the American Furniture Company, Batesville Cabinet Company, and Batesville Coffin Company. Each company started in 1879, making us one of the nation's oldest case good furniture manufacturers.

American Furniture Company manufactured bedroom furniture while Batesville Cabinet specialized in dining room furniture. Of course, Batesville Coffin is self-explanatory.

When these companies merged, they shared a sales force. The salesmen traveled the nation, calling upon owners of furniture stores and directors of funeral homes - often one in the same. Products were sold and shipped coast to coast, quite a rarity at the time.

1930 - 1959
The Depression was a challenge to most business, and ours was no exception. Our survival hinged on our ability to adapt and make products that were in demand during these lean economic times. In fact, RomWeber made five-pound fruitcake boxes to survive those tough years.

Our versatility came to the fore again during World War II when we made ammunition boxes and pontoons for American troops, and furniture for officers' quarters.

The 60s and beyond.
Romweber furniture went to college with the baby boomers. Schools like Purdue, Indiana University, Xavier University, Miami University of Ohio, and Notre Dame bought it for dorms and classrooms because of its durability. Forty years later, it still is in some of these schools.

No Romweber collection, however, was more popular than our Viking Oak Collection. Word has it that in the early 1930's, R. J. Romweber, grandson of our founder, took a trip to Norway and was inspired to create a line of furniture, based on Nordic design. The result was the Viking Oak Collection, which thrived from 1935 - 1987, making it the longest continuing, commercial furniture collection.

Renowned people and places have been among Romweber customers. U.S. presidents and Saudi royalty have purchased our furniture. So have fine resorts, including the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island in Michigan, and The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

In addition, we have helped furnish the Carter Library at Emory University, as well as governors' mansions and distinguished homes nationwide.

The RomWeber name:
American Ingenuity. A Legacy of Old World Craftsmanship.

RomWeber has been a leader in the home furnishings market for over 130 years. Our name has stood for extraordinary quality at an exceptional value. During our manufacturing years, we built, using mostly maple solids with hand matched veneers, a product line consisting of entertainment units, wall systems, bookcases, home office units, storage cabinets and occasional pieces. More than 90 individual, signature pieces were in our collections – with new product introductions made twice a year.

 
Grounded in tradition, our 450,000 square foot facility is an interesting combination of old world craftsmanship with first cut timber, hardwood floors throughout, brick walls, hand hewed post and beam construction enhanced with today’s modern amenities. One of Batesville’s oldest buildings built by the Greeman Brothers in 1863 is still part of our complex. Visitors from surrounding metropolitan areas will find a touch of the past with a taste of small town charm. We remain today as we began so many years ago, a family-owned company.
 
RomWeber's New Lease On Life:

In 2009 the RomWeber decided to repurpose the 180,000 sf. ft. of factory space into a unique shopping experience with a marketplace environment to serve the lack of retail alternatives within the Batesville community. Furthermore we will continue to run the already popular RomWeber Factory sales and will also be exploring the options of holding a variety of other events to both promote the Marketplace and bring tourists into the historic town of Batesville.

RomWeber Flats is centrally located in downtown Batesville, Indiana and offers senior living in a convenient life style with modern amenities. Within walking distance of churches, restaurants, city parks and the farmers market, RomWeber Flats is a great choice in a friendly environment. After undergoing an $8,000,000 renovation RomWeber Flats is an energy efficient building that has attained a gold leed status. RomWeber Flats consists of 84 apartments, with one and two bedroom options. Thoughtfully designed, these apartments offer many unique design features for seniors, helping them maintain their independence. Eight apartments have been specifically designed with residents that are physically handicapped. Washers and dryers are provided in each apartment. A central elevator provides easy access to each floor and basement that has secure resident storage at no additional cost. RomWeber Flats is protected by a sprinkler system and has a central security, limiting access to residents and their guests. Residents can relax and socialize in many common areas including a movie room, an atrium room with 50’ foot ceiling, and the award winning Big Four Café,  located on the first floor, serves breakfast and lunch daily.  They also provide meals for the assited living residents.

Romweber Marketplace
7 South Eastern Avenue
Batesville, Indiana 47006
 

Romweber Marketplace Office
4 South Park Avenue, Suite 204
Batesville, Indiana 47006
Phone: (812) 932-2606