Down Lite sets up China office, opens first showroom
Carole Sloan -- Furniture Today, February 11, 2005
MASON, Ohio -- Down Lite has opened a small full-time office in Nanjing , China , for sourcing, product development and quality control issues.
At the moment, the office has one full-time staffer. However, the plan is to bring on two quality assurance employees by year’s end.In addition, the company will open its first permanent showroom at 295 Fifth Ave. by the April New York Home Textiles Market.The company is renovating Glenoit’s former 3,000-square-foot space on the ninth floor, #912, which it will use to showcase its product lines throughout the year as opposed to only showing at the Marriott Marquis during markets.“We’re really excited across the board about this,” said Stefan Hunter, Down Lite’s marketing manager. “It got to the point that our customers were asking for a showroom. As we’ve increased our product lines from utility to fashion bedding, throws and blankets, we weren’t able to bring all new items to show at market or during retailer visits. This space gives us the presence to have one-on-one meetings with our customers and expand our product development cycle to more of a year-round initiative,” he added.
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