HICKORY, N.C. – HS Manufacturing, a division of Hickory Springs Manufacturing Co.  and a supplier of components for the furniture and bedding industries, said its business has returned to pre-COVID-19 levels.

The company attributed that progress to its domestic production capacity, a “solid supply chain” and raw material availability.

Over the past six months, HSM implemented several proactive strategies to ensure it would be fully prepared when orders rebounded. Early in the pandemic, HSM was intentional about procuring sourced product that it anticipated would soon be in short supply to enable it to stay ahead of the curve, officials said.

In a strategic move to support the fight against COVID-19, the company quickly pivoted to manufacture medical masks and gowns to supply healthcare systems in the Southeast and keep its operations running when conditions softened. Consequently, HSM amassed an inventory of spun bond materials, which can now also be used to manufacture bedding products such as pocketed coils, the company said.

“We encourage our industry partners who are experiencing delays or challenges in acquiring components and/or materials to contact us, so that we can help them bridge the gap in their production,” said Mark Jones, president and CEO of HSM. “There seems to be an industry-wide perception that everyone is experiencing delivery issues and supply chain disruption, but that is not the case at HSM. We have enough inventory and production capacity to service the marketplace.”

In addition to proactively procuring raw materials, HSM elevated its health and safety protocols and procedures across all of its facilities. In late February, the company assembled a cross-functional team to put in place numerous new guidelines, directives and protocols aimed at protecting the health and safety of its associates, including travel restrictions, social distancing, visitor restrictions, enhanced cleaning protocols, use of PPE and contingency planning. To date, those measures have proved effective in keeping the company’s plants operational in addition to having little to no impact on its supply chain, officials said.

HSM is a 100% U.S.-based company and says it has the capacity to serve its customers as they bring business back to domestic sources and put more value on goods made in the U.S. Privately held HSM has more than 30 manufacturing plants in 14 states.

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