WINNIPEG – Palliser Furniture has cut the ribbon to kick-off production at its fourth production facility in Mexico to support growth in their mid-range to high-end Encore home theatre seating line as well as their entry level stationary upholstery line, which is made under the North American Furniture Company label.
The new 65,000 square foot facility will be located in Matamoros, Coahuila, Mexico, adjacent to their existing cut and sew operation and will employ up to 180 people in jobs ranging from operators and technicians to engineers and management. At the opening, the plant had a staff of 36 and will be growing to 200 as the company ramps up production – which will be based on sales demand.
When fully operational, it will bring Palliser’s total North American workforce to over 1,900.
“We are so proud of this new facility and of the growth that we’ve been able to realize over the past few years,” Cary Benson, Palliser’s president and chief executive officer, said in a statement. “This is our fifth manufacturing facility in North America, allowing us to service our customers even more efficiently.”
Palliser is implementing new manufacturing methodologies in this facility, which was built to service the company’s U.S. based customers. It will use one-piece continuous flow production conveyor to achieve higher efficiencies and more strenuous quality control. Energy efficiency was a key priority of the design, which uses low-demand kilowatt equipment and LED illumination.
The company also noted the facility – which is fully operational but not currently running at full speed – will have the capacity to produce more than 60,000 units a year.
Palliser’s Canadian retail network is serviced from its factory here in Winnipeg where it was founded some 70 years ago.
Benson noted Palliser decided to open the facility following seven consistent years of growth. “Palliser is not only growing in Canada, but experiencing outstanding unprecedented category growth in theatre seating as well as making efforts to increase brand awareness and distribution across North America,” he said.
In all, Palliser has five manufacturing facilities. One is here in Winnipeg with two located in Saltillo, and two in Matamoros – both found in the state of Coahuila, Mexico.