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Bedding giant takes big punt on new Auckland manufacturing base

Sleepyhead Manufacturing is planning a new $45 million factory, injecting further confidence into the industry.

The 40,000sq m factory, warehouse and distribution centre is in Manukau and will be a base for its Auckland bedding, foam and flooring manufacturing operations.

Sleepyhead has purchased a 9.2he greenfields site next to the Vodafone Events Centre. The company plans to have the plant, which will combine 400-strong workforce from Otahuhu and Avondale operations,  completed by 2017.

Sleepyhead joint managing director Craig Turner says the move will mean the creation of 40 new jobs in the next three years to carry out the transition.”

The plant will meet demand for beds and specialist bedding foam  to markets such as China.

“Our exports into China are already worth several million dollars and we expect them to double year on year, creating more jobs in Auckland,” Mr Turner says. 

The new facility will also be the head office for the operations, sales, marketing and finance teams.

Sleepyhead is 78-year old private company owned by the Turner family. It already has developed manufacturing facilities in Christchurch, Sydney and Melbourne during the past two years.

In 2011, it bought Dunlop Living in West Auckland. Sleepyhead is now largest bedding and foam manufacturer in Australasia, known as The Comfort Group, with more than 1100 staff producing over 650,000 pieces of bedding each year.

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Bravo for not shifting manufacturing overseas, my next bed purchase will be a Sleepyhead.