Soft-Tex International to open manufacturing plant in Texas
Posted July 29, 2021
WATERFORD, N.Y. – Soft-Tex International, a leading producer of bedding and home comfort products, announced the grand opening of its new manufacturing facility in Sugar Land, Texas.
The 170,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility signifies Soft-Tex International's growing domestic footprint and its commitment to shift volume back to domestic and/or nearshore supply chains.
"Soft-Tex has now surpassed our stated reshoring goal of 20% annually for two years in a row. In 2020, we doubled production at our Waterford, N.Y., facility, and now with the opening of Soft-Tex Sugar Land we have more than quadrupled our total production capacity from 2019 levels," said Mark Smiderle, Soft-Tex CEO.
The Sugar Land facility is currently running warehousing and distribution operations, which improves overall shipping efficiency to both retailer warehouse networks and direct-to-consumer shipments with three-day or better ground service coverage. The facility will add 150 jobs throughout 2021, across manufacturing, sales and marketing roles.
Soft-Tex International has committed to opening two additional U.S.-based facilities by the end of 2022 to further scale domestic production. Each location will utilize the Sugar Land facility as a model. Soft-Tex International's reshoring initiative is expected to fill 1,000 jobs.
"With the rising volatility of offshore supply chains plus the exacerbated pandemic related disruption, we believe reestablishing strong domestic production is a critical priority for the bedding industry. I'm proud of the work our team has done so far delivering on our commitment and, as promised, we will continue to scale our reshoring efforts in support of delivering our retail partners enhanced service quality, speed and costs," Smiderle said.
Taking place August 4, the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the Sugar Land facility will allow invited guests to experience first-hand the leading-edge, high-efficiency manufacturing plant with remarks from Soft-Tex executives, including Smiderle, and Chris Marsh, chief sales & marketing officer and master of ceremonies.
This announcement follows an exciting year for Soft-Tex International, as 2021 is its 35th anniversary in business. Soft-Tex International began in Upstate New York and has since transformed into a leading innovator known for superior bedding technologies and the highest quality product.