Telescope celebrates 100 years in Granville with two days of events

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The historic Telescope Casual Furniture Inc. water tower lit at night following the Sept. 9 dinner celebrating Telescope's 100th anniversary of operation in Granville. Photo by Tim Farkas.

The weather could not have been any more ideal for the celebration of Telescope Casual Furniture Inc.’s 100 years in Granville on Sept. 9 and 10.

Sept. 9 was highlighted by a dinner under the tents set for 1,000 people in recognition of the dedication to the community and hard work that goes into establishing Telescope as a manufacturing leader countrywide.

“I grew up in Granville. You couldn’t have a better place to grow up in,” CEO Kathy Juckett said. “I do really care about this community and I always feel it’s really important for a business of our size to be a really good citizen… There isn’t a prettier place on earth than right here where we live.”

Granville Community Foundation chair and co-founder Michael Freed delivered a heartfelt speech along with several elected politicians, declaring his appreciation for Telescope and Granville’s entirety. Freed also announced Telescope had made a $103,000 contribution to the Foundation following a successful first year campaign where over $1,000,000 was raised.

“Granville always invests in its future, but sometimes we don’t take the time to say thank you,” Freed said. “Try to imagine what Granville would have been like if Mr. Vanderminden chose to never come here.”

Sept. 10 featured a “Family Fun Day” with hundreds of smiling faces, a guided tour of the Telescope factory and plenty of food and activities free to the public.

Family Fun Day attendees received commemorative 100th anniversary in Granville Telescope t-shirts