We visited Lincolnton Furniture last week and met Bruce Cochrane, president of the new furniture manufacturer that has deep roots in North Carolina. He told us of several reasons that he believes more furniture manufacturing will return to the United States. One is that labor rates have risen sharply in China. There are far fewer applicants for jobs in furniture factories than there were seven or eight years ago. Another is that the Chinese government is emphasizing domestic consumers rather than export markets. And then there is manufacturing technology, which has reduced the impact of labor on the overall manufacturing cost.