Furniture maker to create hundreds of jobs

Smith Brothers of Berne

BERNE, Ind. (WANE) A furniture manufacturer found in 1926 in Berne plans to expand in a move that’s expected to create up to 266 jobs by 2021. The announcement regarding the expansion of Smith Brothers of Berne was made Tuesday afternoon.

Smith Brothers invested $4.5 million to add an additional 110,000 square feet to its existing 215,000-square-foot facility. The two-story addition, which was completed in November, 2014, allows the company to operate increased production lines for both fabric and leather upholstered furniture, including stationary and motion sofas, loveseats, sectionals and chairs for the home furnishings industry. Smith Brothers is currently hiring for skilled-trade positions, including fabric and leather cutters, sewers and upholsterers.

Part of the manufacturing facility at Smith Brothers of Berne.
Part of the manufacturing facility at Smith Brothers of Berne.

“Smith Brothers has been blessed with amazing growth over the last few years because of our constant pursuit of increased quality, customer service, speed of delivery and product selection,” said Steve Lehman, president and chief executive officer of Smith Brothers. “We have a talented team of dedicated employees who never let up in those endeavors. We continue to expand our location in Indiana because Indiana continues to provide us with high caliber individuals that possess a strong work ethic.”

Launching nearly 90 years ago in a 5,000-square-foot building in the heart of Berne, the company has since grown its local footprint to more than 380,000 square feet across two buildings. Today, Smith Brothers employs more than 420 Hoosiers and sells to retail stores in more than 35 states. Since 2009 the company has grown its sales more than 190 percent.

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