Home Source to Begin U.S. Manufacturing
ATLANTA--Home Source International has launched a U.S. manufacturing presence through an agreement with Enola Manufacturing.
The deal calls for Enola to make Home Source comforters, coverlets and bedspreads, along with coordinating sheets at its facility in Chipley, Fla. Enola's quilting, cut-and-sew and embroidery equipment "is all in place and ready to go for shipments in the first quarter of 2011," said a Home Source statement. The initial rollout of products will be on display at Home Source's showroom, 230 Fifth Ave., during next month's New York Home Fashions Market.
Keith Sorgeloos, Home Source's president and chief executive officer, said the Enola partnership brings viability once again to "made in the U.S.A." in home textiles in a way that makes the product less expensive and more timely to market. "Even though our labor costs are higher, we feel we are getting an overall cost savings because our shipping costs and raw-materials costs will be much less by manufacturing here. I believe that hybrid manufacturing--importing the raw materials, assembling them in the U.S.--is the wave of the future for the industry," Sorgeloos said.