After more than two years of significant delays following the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, upholstery maker Glen Raven has reached a better place with lead times. The company announced this week that the majority of its Sunbrella fabrics is available to ship today.
Installation of upgraded equipment and system enhancements—both part of the company’s capacity expansion plan—have enabled Glen Raven to significantly improve lead times. More than 70 percent of the company’s Sunbrella stock fabrics are available to ship now, with remaining styles shipping within four to 10 weeks. Sunbrella made-to-order fabrics are available at an average of 11-week lead times with a 19-week maximum.
“We remain committed to creating high-quality fabrics in a timely manner amid the ongoing industry supply chain disruptions and raw material shortages,” said Dave Swers, president of Glen Raven Custom Fabrics. “Our associates have made great progress in the execution of our expansion plans and we continue to produce more Sunbrella fabric than ever before. We’re grateful for our customers and their support as we continue to build on the significant progress we have made to deliver fabric quickly to best serve them.”
North Carolina-based Glen Raven was one of many furniture upholstery companies that struggled with shortages and extended lead times in the wake of the pandemic, as well as raw material factory shutdowns across Louisiana and Texas due to extreme weather conditions. But in recent months, softening furniture demand and increased factory outputs have allowed home textile companies to finally catch up.
Glen Raven’s ongoing capacity expansion plan is expected to add additional production output and warehousing and shipping capabilities. The multi-phase, $250 million-plan is designed to increase the company’s production capability by 30 percent.