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Nucraft begins major expansion at Comstock Park HQ, projects 40 new manufacturing jobs to follow

Contract furniture maker Nucraft broke ground on a 47,700-square-foot expansion of its manufacturing facility last week, with the addition bringing the Comstock Park headquarters at 5151 West River Drive to a total square footage of 300,000 upon its completion next fall. 

CEO Matt Schad says the new addition, focused on the expansion of the facility’s machining, veneering and product set-up departments, could created a projected 40 new full-time manufacturing positions over the next two years in addition to the existing 290 existing employees there.  

“Those projections are based on where we anticipate the market going. Obviously, if there’s a downturn in the economy things may change, but it’s based on our sales projections and how we have done staffing in the past,” Schad says. “Our first step is to build the building, then we’ll be moving equipment into the new addition and at that point, we’ll assess our hiring needs.” 

Erhardt Construction is managing the expansion project, with design concepts by architects at Fleis & Vandenbrink. Schad says the team hopes to have the new, expanded space move-in ready by the beginning of October this year. 

“The market for contract furniture has been improving greatly over the past year or so and we’ve been very fortunate to be able to be a part of that,” he says. “It’s a matter of having enough capacity to service our customers, both conference products and private office casegoods.”

Schad says in the next few years, Nucraft will focus on increasing offerings in private office casegoods, as well as expanding Nucraft’s presence in the market for conference and meeting space furniture both here in the U.S. and abroad. 

“We’ve been successful in many of the major markets like New York, Washington DC, and Chicago and so that’s where a lot of our focus is, but we’ve also have had a lot of success in smaller markets like Minneapolis, Denver, and North Carolina and places like that - so the success is really throughout the country,” he says. 

“If we keep focusing on product development, keep relying on our fantastic internal sales force and independent reps and keep producing the high-quality furniture our customers expect, I think our growth will continue on.” 

To learn more about Nucraft’s products or available careers there, visit Nucraft online here

Written by Anya Zentmeyer, Development News Editor
Images courtesy of Nucraft
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