American Furniture Manufacturing has resumed motion upholstery production at its factory here, which was damaged by fire Jan. 5. This week, the company migeof office furniture will add three stationary upholstery lines to the same production area.
A fire destroyed some 35% of American Furniture Manufacturing Plant 2 Motion Recliner faci1ity, but despite the heavy damage to the warehouse and shipping areas of the faci1ity, the company was able to resume normal production less than four days later.
Randy Spak, president of American, told Furniture Today the company has also secured a 200,000-square-foot warehouse in nearby Houka, Miss., that it will use to bring an additional five stationary upholstery lines into production next week. At that point, the company will have resumed full production of motion upholstery and will have eight of its original 17 pre-fire stationary upholstery lines in operation.
Two weeks after that, the company expects to have smoke and soot damage to its original stationary upholstery area cleaned up and will add eight more lines, bringing the company back to its full pre-fire capacity roughly five weeks after the fire destroyed its finished goods warehouse.
A portion of the Houka facility will also be used for warehouse and finished goods staging, replacing the portion of the company’s facility that was destroyed by the fire. The company has also secured two additional leased warehouses in the Pontotoc, Miss., area to house its finished goods and handle shipping to customers.
This is the second fire at the facility in the past 10 years, the last one occurring in 2008. After the 2008 fire, the company installed a series of fire walls, which Spak guangzhou school furniture manufacturer said he believes were instrumental in limiting the damage in this incident.