PAOLI, Ind. – Upholstery manufacturer Best Home Furnishings announced on Monday the expansion of its production operations here.
The move will create as many as 100 to 125 new jobs over an extended hiring period that include upholstery, frame and mechanism assembly, upholstery prep and sewing positions. Best received grants from the Town of Paoli secured in collaboration with Orange County Economic Development Partnership and Indiana Economic Development Corp.
The expansion is in response to high demand. Ferdinand, Ind.-based Best Home Furnishings reports an 85% increase in September orders compared with the same month last year, and from August 30 to Sept. 5 the company set a record for orders received.
“The southern Indiana region continues to supply us with a large pool of skilled individuals who possess a strong work ethic,” said Brian Lange, president of Best Home Furnishings, in a release. “Since our acquisition of the Paoli plant 20 years ago this community and its workforce have been integral in achieving our output and quality goals. We don’t see the high demand for Best Home Furnishings products letting up any time soon. We are committed to building our Best team for the long-term.”
“Best has been a model community partner for decades and we look forward to supporting them during this expansion phase,” said Kristal Painter, executive director of the Orange County Economic Development Partnership.
Best will host a career fair on Wednesday, Nov. 18, noon-4 p.m. to give interested candidates the opportunity to speak with managers and supervisors about job openings, and allow them to take a personalized tour through Best’s manufacturing facility. Qualified individuals will be hired on the spot. Additional steps are being taken to add COVID-19 safeguards include health screenings, social distancing, and providing face coverings.