Local mattress maker Southerland said on Wednesday it would lease space at an Antioch facility off Interstate 24, with the goal of increasing production capacity by more than a third and creating up to 40 new jobs.
According to a statement, the company plans to be operational in the 318,000 square foot manufacturing facility in 6050 Dana Road from next Monday. Specializing in bedding products since 1893, Southerland has been manufacturing mattresses and box springs at a 107,000 square foot multi-level site at 1973 Southerland Drive in North Davidson County for nearly 50 years.
Last November, the To post reported that Nashville-based Magnolia Investments paid $ 6.5 million for the property. The seller was an LLC which has no affiliation with Southerland (read more here).
Southerland also manufactures its adjustable box springs through its American Adjust division in a separate 50,000 square foot space. Its new one-story factory at 6050 Dana Way will consolidate basic adjustable manufacturing, transportation and production under one roof, enabling new efficiencies in manufacturing workflow and logistics, the statement said. Additionally, the new location will offer a larger showroom than the previous iteration.
Southerland will have installed new equipment in the factory, which will also have 20 loading dock doors, doubling the company’s current capacity. Nashville Southerland operations employ approximately 100 people.
“This additional capacity and expanded footprint will help us increase production and support the explosive growth our business partners are experiencing in time for the even busier summer sales season,” said Bryan Smith, President and CEO of Southerland, in the press release. “We are very fortunate and excited to stay and grow in Nashville, where we can preserve and add new jobs to the local economy.”
For the move, Southerland worked with officials from the state and the Tennessee Valley Authority to obtain assistance that involves initiatives for energy use. The release does not mention the details of the incentives.
Southerland, whose products are available in 43 states, offers five additional production and distribution facilities (in Phoenix, Oklahoma City and Tualatin, Oregon) operating in buildings with a collective area of over 470,000 square feet.