MAIDEN, N.C. – High-end upholstered furniture manufacturer Temple Furniture is accelerating a planned expansion of its plant here.
Temple is adding another 13,000 square feet of production space to the facility’s existing 95,000 square feet. The new space will provide room for additional sewing and upholstering, and also an Auto Cad cutting machine. The addition should be completed in around eight weeks, said Adrian Parker, CEO of Temple and sister company Parker Southern.
The company also looks to hire an additional 20 new workers in sewing to complement its existing 165-strong work force.
Sustained demand coming out of a five-week shutdown for COVID-19 moved up the expansion plans.
“Our Internet sales kept coming in during the shutdown, and when stores re-opened, the orders poured in,” Parker said. “We’ve always prided ourselves on three- to four-week lead times on eight-way-hand-tied upholstery, and now we’re at nine to 10. That’s a ‘bad word’ in our company; we need to get caught up.”
With the expansion, Parker anticipates Temple will return to its normal lead times by Christmas.
I’m Powell Slaughter, senior editor at Furniture/Today. I returned to the publication in January 2015 after nine years of writing about furniture retail strategies and best practices at a monthly magazine focusing on home furnishings retail operations. Prior to that, I spent 10 years with F/T covering wood furniture, the last five of those as case goods editor. Upon my return to F/T, I developed coverage of the logistical and service aspects of the furniture industry as well as following the occasional, home office and home entertainment categories. In April 2018 I took over the upholstery category, with responsibility for coverage of the fabric and leather stationary and motion upholstery, recliners and massage chair categories.