Gilmore Furniture adding technology

August 22, 2010
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Gilmore Furniture Inc. is well under way with an addition to its main manufacturing facility in the Grand Rapids area.

As other furniture manufacturers close and consolidate facilities in Grand Rapids and elsewhere, 27-year-old Gilmore Furniture Inc is expanding the plant it moved into less than 14 years ago, as the company’s product mix and sales continue to increase.

“Orders for products from our various new and established customers of contract furniture, including casegoods, upholstered seating and tables, are steadily rising,” Robert J. Clark, spokesman for Gilmore Furniture, said in a news release. “Many business partners are beginning to view our factory as an extension to their own as requests for complete finished goods increase along with orders from completely new customers. These mandate physical expansion and the addition of approximately 15 new employees.”

The company also plans to add full-service metal fabrication services that will serve new and existing customers in the furniture and marine industries.

Gilmore’s main facility is 68,000 square feet in a one-story industrial plant and office near 28th street and U.S. 131 in Grand Rapids. The planned manufacturing addition is 21,000 square feet, plus 2,500 square feet of office space. The company is expanding it for additional capacity. New machine tools are planned as part of the seven-figure cost of the expansion.

Clark said this is the company’s fourth building expansion to its main manufacturing facility in five years.

“Grand Rapids is an ideal location because of its exceptional craftsmen and the can-do attitude of its local citizens,” said Clark, “We hope to continue to grow and expand here for many more years to come.”

Gilmore Furniture Inc. was founded in 1983 by Grand Rapids native and furniture manufacturing entrepreneur Scott F. Gilmore. Gilmore is also the owner and CEO of Grand Metal Products in Norton Shores and Cumberland Furniture in Grand Rapids.

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