Kinsley Construction Inc. of Wyomissing started construction of a 23,000-square-foot addition to Highwood USA in Tamaqua. The Schuylkill County-based manufacturer is seeing strong growth in its furniture sales business, which is increasing production capacity for its synthetic outdoor-furniture products.
The addition will bring the facility up to 96,000 square feet and include space for more production rooms, offices and a truckers’ lounge.
“Our furniture business has been growing very well, so this expansion is so we can do more in-house manufacturing,” said John Quarmley, president of Highwood.
He said he plans to hire 15 to 18 people next year.
The sale of outdoor furniture is a relatively new market for the company, which started selling it several years ago, Quarmley said.
“We are aggressively marketing it, and that’s where we are averaging about 220 percent per year [in growth],” he said. “We expect 40 percent to 50 percent growth in furniture sales next year. We are adding seven new offices, and it’s largely because we’ve invested a lot in our engineering staff.”
The expansion will give the company more room to add a woodshop-type area to design new products and a dedicated robotics lab, he said.
“We are going to invest a lot to continue this growth curve,” Quarmley said. “We are reaching down to the [Lehigh] Valley for hiring.”
Quarmley said the company hired a May 2015 graduate of Lafayette College in Easton.
The $1.7 million expansion project should be finished in October, said Jack Hoy, business development director for Kinsley Construction.
The steel is going up now, added Quarmley.