“We remain committed to creating high-quality fabrics in a timely manner amid the ongoing industry supply chain disruptions and raw material shortages,” said Dave Swers, president of Glen Raven Custom Fabrics. “Our associates have made great progress in the execution of our expansion plans, and we continue to produce more Sunbrella fabric than ever before.”
Swers said system enhancements and upgraded equipment resulting from the completed first phase of the company’s capacity expansion plan have helped significantly increase production of Sunbrella fabrics.
The initial phase of Glen Raven’s multi-phase expansion plan included new yarn spinning capabilities, new and upgraded weaving equipment and other capacity enhancements to support its customers and the increased demand for Sunbrella, Dickson and other fabrics.
Increased production has led to:
- More than 70% of Sunbrella stock fabrics being available to ship today. Other styles are available to ship within four weeks with remaining styles seeing a 10-week maximum lead time.
- Many Sunbrella “made to order” fabrics are now available with 11-week lead times. All are available within a 19-week maximum lead time.
Subsequent phases of Glen Raven’s capacity expansion plan are underway with the goal to continue increasing production output and warehousing and shipping capabilities while producing fabric more efficiently and supporting the company’s sustainability goals.
The total of all phases amounts to $250 million in investments and will increase Glen Raven’s production capabilities by more than 30%, in addition to expanding warehousing and further enhancing quality and testing capabilities.