HOUSTON, Miss. – Franklin Corp., one of the largest privately owned furniture manufacturers in the U.S., will build a 60,000-square-foot warehouse - adding 60 jobs over the next four years.
Franklin will invest $2.7 million to build the warehouse, which will house raw materials. Construction began in early June and should be completed this fall.
Franklin manufactures upholstered furniture, including recliners, motion sofas and loveseats, and stationary sofas in 1.2 million square feet of space at its Houston location, where it employs 1,000 workers. The new raw materials warehouse will store cut-and-sew cover kits and other components sourced from the Pacific Rim.
Mississippi Development Authority and the City of Houston are helping with the construction of a public access road.
The Houston-based business currently employs approximately 1,300 workers at its Houston facility.
Franklin's total 78-acre operation consists of a motion/stationary plant, recliner plant, metal stamping facility, CNC dimension mill, CNC polyform operation and a logistic company.
“Consolidating raw materials in the new warehouse, along with our lean manufacturing concepts, will free up space to add several more production lines in our two upholstery plants,” CEO Hassell Franklin told Mississippi's Daily Journal. “We appreciate the support of MDA, Three Rivers and our local community.”
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