Hopkinsville furniture maker sets new brand with large conference table


When Jim Creighton had almost finished building a red oak table for the Siemer Milling Co. boardroom, it could not be delivered like most tables.

The table, made by Jim Creighton of Heirloom Table, can be found in the conference room of Siemer Milling Co. in Hopkinsville. (photo provided)

Measuring 6 feet wide by nearly 12 feet long, the table is made up of three interlocking panels that extend lengthwise.

“It wouldn’t go through the door,” said Creighton, who works on custom furniture with her youngest son, Shannon Creighton, at Heirloom Table in downtown Hopkinsville.

So one day last week, a team pushed each panel through an open office window at the Pembroke Road factory, and Creighton assembled the top onto a steel frame and legs that employees at the factory manufactured at Siemer. Each end of the table is topped with a breadboard, a design element that uses a piece of wood perpendicular to the long panels.

Jim Creighton at the Heirloom table
Jim Creighton, a U.S. Army veteran who makes custom furniture and renovates old pieces, in his shop in the old Cayce-Yost department store building in downtown. (Photo by Jennifer P. Brown)

The table was notable for Creighton as it was the largest he had sent from his store since it opened in 2014 in the former Cayce-Yost department store building at 10e and the main streets. He made others as long as the Siemer table but none that was also 6 feet wide.

Mary Gleason, manager of the local Siemer factory, said the company wanted a table that would last.

“We wanted to do something with a local business,” she said.

Siemer, founded in 1882, is headquartered in Teutopolis, Illinois. It operates factories in Teutopolis, Hopkinsville and West Harrison, Indiana. The company produces 750,000 tonnes of wheat products annually, including flour used in cakes, cookies, donuts, pretzels, pizzas and pastries, according to Siemer’s website.

In the Hopkinsville boardroom, the Creighton table will be used for a number of gatherings, from sales meetings with customers to internal employee sessions.

This week, it’s booked for meetings of business executives descending from the Siemer, Illinois head office. There is no doubt that they will spend time admiring the details of the table around which they are gathering.

The center of the table features an engraving of the Siemer Milling logo. A computer program created thousands of lines of code to guide a machine that carved the logo, Creighton said.

The machinery is precise, but Creighton took no chances. He also appealed to a higher authority to protect his work. A small statue of Saint Joseph, patron saint of workers, stood guard.

Jim Creighton sits on the board of directors of Hoptown Chronicle.

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