UK furniture maker chooses local site for US operationsWritten by Duane Ramsey | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Allermuir U.S., a UK-based furniture maker, has purchased a 37-acre site in Monclova Township of Lucas County for a major expansion that will include a new headquarters building and manufacturing facilities.
The company’s plans include the construction of a 100,000 square-foot facility with an additional 150,000 square feet planned over three years, according to Mark Brettschneider, president of Allermuir U.S.
Allermuir, which launched its American operation here in 2007, needed to expand to meet the growing demand across the U.S. after six years of steady growth, he reported. It claims to be one of the fastest growing producers of furniture for the contract, office, hospitality, leisure, school, and university markets in the U.S.
“We made the decision to launch our U.S. operation in Maumee because of its proximity to all major domestic supply and transportation resources, its regional reputation of having a large, highly skilled labor pool—as well as its exceptionally business-friendly environment,” Brettschneider stated in the company’s announcement of the expansion.
“This region has been good for us and the way we do business. We decided to put permanent roots down here, retain our employees and add more very shortly,” Brettschneider said in a telephone interview.
Brettscheider reported that they expect to close on the purchase of the property shortly and break ground as soon as the snow is gone. The company hopes to move into its new facilities during the first quarter of 2015.
“We have been producing and servicing our products here and our U.S. customers have benefitted from more integrated solutions, faster turnaround and improved service and support. It’s been a win-win for all concerned,” Brettschneider said.
Allermuir has operated out of leased office and manufacturing space on Holland Road in Maumee since 2007. The new headquarters and manufacturing facilities will replace their current operations, he reported.
After looking at several sites in Michigan and Ohio, Allermuir executives chose a prime parcel at the southeast corner of Jerome Road and Technology Drive in Monclova Township in Lucas County.
With the support of the newly sworn in Mayor D. Michael Collins and his development team, Toledo City Council approved the sale of 37 acres of city owned property to Allermuir on January 2.
“I am grateful to Allermuir for their recognition of our community’s workforce and the logistical benefits that this site offers. This is another example of the value that can be realized through the cooperation of all of our economic development partners,” Collins stated in the press release.
The project is contingent on due diligence of the property and final approval of state and local incentives, which were negotiated by the Regional Growth Partnership and JobsOhio. In addition, the RGP/JobsOhio team assisted Rudolph/Libbe in the site selection process for this client.
RGP officials expect the state incentives for this project to be approved and announced in March. Other local incentives need to be approved by Lucas County and Monclova Township.
Lucas County Commissioners could approve the enterprise zone and local incentive package for the Allermuir project at one of their February meetings. County officials were not available for comment due to the snow emergency on Feb. 5.
Allermuir has appointed Rudolph/Libbe of Walbridge as construction contractor for the project and Rossetti architectural firm of Detroit to develop the design of its new U.S. facilities.
Allermuir currently employs 68 people in the U.S. and plans to add about 70 employees over a three-year period. In addition to the planned headquarters and manufacturing facility, the company currently operates showrooms near major architectural and interior design centers in New York and Chicago.
Brettschneider explained that Allermuir furniture produced here features sophisticated European styling. The firm is known for fusing fresh, inviting looks with surprising comfort and flexibility, a combination that has strong appeal to designers, specifiers and decision makers who are looking for something unique that is also domestically produced.
Allermuir has become one of the leading producers of contemporary contract furniture with its headquarters in the U.K. and facilities, licensees and partners around the world. With its expanded manufacturing and service presence in the U.S., domestic customers will be able to procure high quality U.S.-made products more quickly and have their purchase managed by an onshore customer service team at the new facilities.
Allermuir has achieved its unique standing by placing a premium on inspired design, according to Brettschneider. Allermuir designs are sleek, edgy and unexpected; the company’s styles typically make striking and distinctive contemporary statements, and are as functional as they are comfortable.
The company maintains in-house, fully-staffed research and development, and design departments.
As an ISO14001 company, Allermuir maintains environmental standards to reduce any and all negative impacts in the environment. Allermuir was awarded a sustainability certificate by the Furniture Industry Sustainability Program of the U.K. and has been a sustainability leader in the industry for more than a decade.
Information about the company and its products is available on its website at www.allermuir-usa.com.