United Furniture considering Triad for $40 million facility, 200 jobs

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HIGH POINT, N.C. — The Piedmont Triad is among several regions nationwide in the running for a $40 million, 1 million-square-foot United Furniture Industries manufacturing and distribution center that could create 200 new jobs.

The Triad Business Journal reports that United Furniture is evaluating locations in both Davidson and Randolph counties, where the company has options on hundreds of acres of land.

Robert Cottam, a consultant for United Furniture, told the Business Journal the company expects to make a decision on the location of the facility by May 1.

United Furniture is also considering sites in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.

Cottam said the company may also consider renovating an existing facility as opposed to building a new one, which would cost less than $15 million.

Construction is expected to being within 60 days after the company’s decision on a site. Cottam said United Furniture would likely begin hiring manufacturing, distribution and administrative employees in either July or August. The goal is to open the facility by 2015.

The company operates two plants in Randolph County, one plant in Davidson County and a 317,000-square-foot distribution facility at the Union Cross Business Park in Winston-Salem.

Cottam told the Business Journal United Furniture prefers to expand in the Triad, but the ultimate decision will come down to a variety of factors, including labor force and proximity to rail and major thoroughfares.

United furniture is the exclusive U.S. manufacturer of Simmons Upholstery furniture.

Source: Triad Business Journal

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