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Furniture maker Palliser expands operations, hires 700 workers amid high demand

ByRandall B. Phelps

Apr 4, 2022

WINNIPEG — Canadian furniture maker Palliser is expanding its North American operations as new products coupled with soaring tariffs on imports from Vietnam and China increase demand for the company’s furniture.

Palliser says it plans to increase production capacity in Canada and Mexico by 30% and add more than 700 new positions this year.

The company says it is adding a new 12,000 square meter building to its upholstery manufacturing campus in Winnipeg and creating more than 300 new jobs at the site.

Palliser says it is also increasing production capacity in Mexico by expanding its manufacturing facilities and adding new shifts, which will create another 460 positions.

The furniture maker says the expansion comes amid a spike in demand due to the success of its new product launches as well as new Canadian tariffs on furniture imports from Vietnam and China.

The company says its expansion includes a significant investment in equipment, material handling processes and automation technology.

Peter Tielmann, president and CEO of Palliser, says the company’s investment in new manufacturing facilities and an expanded workforce reflects its commitment to the North American market.

“We look forward to creating new jobs right here in Manitoba, where our business is rooted, as well as at our Mexican facilities that primarily support our U.S. customers,” he said in a statement.

“It is important for us as a company to continue to produce domestically, which reduces our environmental impact by reducing our emissions and our carbon footprint.”

In September, the Canadian International Trade Tribunal ruled that the dumping and subsidizing of certain upholstered furniture originating in or exported from China and Vietnam had “caused injury to the domestic industry.”

The independent quasi-judicial body said Palliser Furniture Ltd. of Winnipeg was the plaintiff in the case.

It imposed new anti-dumping and countervailing duties on furniture from both countries to be collected by the Canada Border Services Agency.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on April 4, 2022.