Scott Thomas Creates New Manufacturing Company in U.S.
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Scott Thomas Furniture has closed its plant in Egypt and created a new company, Scott Thomas America.
Scott Thomas Furniture, a high-end occasional and case goods furniture resource, announced that it has closed its plant in Egypt and created a new company, Scott Thomas America, currently manufacturing furniture in Ohio. The company will show 50 of it’s new designs at High Point Market, October.
Egypt had been the manufacturing base for the former company since its inception in 1992. Ohio remains headquarters of the new company’s marketing and business functions.
With this new comprehensive manufacturing and marketing in North America, Scott Thomas America will strengthen its position as a resource for bench-made furniture built in exotic and unusual woods.
Scott Thomas America will display introductions from their new operations during High Point Market at 525 North Wrenn (The Tomlinson Building). The company’s new designs are targeted to buyers looking for fine design in domestically made product.
The company said the decision to insource manufacturing was driven by political unrest in Egypt, and the resultant slow delivery times. The company says domestic manufacturing will speed delivery times as much as 60 percent by utilizing lean manufacturing practices and reduced transportation times.
”We think Scott Thomas America’s distinction is our ability to capture a niche audience of high-end furniture connoisseurs,” said Scott Hamed, President. “What is going to drive our future business is a continued commitment to innovative design, plus American-made quality and extremely fast delivery times.”
Hamed, a recipient of the American Society of Furniture Designer’s Pinnacle Award for Design Excellence. His new company’s introductions in High Point will feature original designs in decorative North American hardwoods such as curly maple, cherry, figured walnut, quartered oak, and spalted maple.
“Ohio is a great location for manufacturing,” said Hamed. “There is an abundance of renewable resources and an excellent pool of highly skilled woodworking craftsman.” The company said it expects to employ an additional 30 people in Ohio by the spring of 2013.
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