Bedding company Sleepyhead to start new factory

Bedding company Sleepyhead to start new factoryBoosting further confidence into the industry, Sleepyhead Manufacturing is planning a new $45 million factory.

Sleepyhead has been in the market for 78-years now. It is a private company owned by the Turner family. It already has constructed manufacturing facilities in Christchurch, Sydney and Melbourne during the last two years.

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

Sleepyhead has purchased a 9.2 he green fields site next to the Vodafone Events Centre. The company plans to construct the plant, which will combine 400-strong workforce from Otahuhu and Avondale operations and be completed by 2017. The new facility will be now the head office for the sales, operations, marketing and the finance teams.

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.

Craig Turner Sleepyhead's joint managing director says this move will create of 40 new jobs. The plant will cater for demand of beds and specialist bedding foam even to markets such as China.

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