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He now has 10 employees and makes about 1,500 to 2,000 oak pews a year. He has sold them in nearly every state and also the Cayman Islands, Greece and Japan.

Last December a fire destroyed their equipment, offices and all of their records, but they have rebuilt.

Blisard said the use of pews had been declining, as chairs became more popular in churches, but that trend is slowing, and pews are coming back.

He said he considers his business a ministry, providing pews at low cost for churches so they can use more of their resources to pursue their vision.

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Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com