• Thomas Russell

Theodore Alexander expanding Vietnam plant

Case goods and upholstery manufacturer Theodore Alexander is undertaking a 215,000-square-foot expansion of its plant here.

The project will boost the plant's on-site production capacity by 50%. In addition to expanding the operation's wood finishing and upholstery departments, it will create added space for warehousing and will also consolidate administrative functions under one roof.

The expansion is expected to be completed next March.

The June 9 groundbreaking was preceded by a traditional Vietnamese Buddhist blessing called Le Dong Tho to ensure the future prosperity of the building, which is in this city's Linh Trung Export Zone. Senior management, including company CEO Harvey Dondero and President Antony Maitland-Smith, then led the official ceremony.

With more than 1.5 million square feet of manufacturing space and some 7,000 employees, Theodore Alexander is one of the largest high-end producers of furniture in Southeast Asia.

Thomas RussellThomas Russell | Associate Editor, Furniture Today

I'm Tom Russell and have worked at Furniture/Today since August 2003. Since then, I have covered the international side of the business from a logistics and sourcing standpoint. Since then, I also have visited several furniture trade shows and manufacturing plants in Asia, which has helped me gain perspective about the industry in that part of the world. As I continue covering the import side of the business, I look forward to building on that knowledge base through conversations with industry officials and future overseas plant tours. From time to time, I will file news and other industry perspectives online and, as always, welcome your response to these Web postings.

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