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MLILY USA Looks To Expand Workforce 35 percent in S.C.

Jul 14, 2020 10:33AM ● By David Dykes
Shown: Exterior of MLILY USA factory in Winnsboro
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By David Dykes

Seven months after the official opening of its factory in South Carolina, mattress manufacturer MLILY USA is expanding and looking to grow its workforce by 35 percent to fill a third shift and increase its production to more than 6,000 units a day, company officials announced.
The company opened the 650,000-square-foot facility in December at the former Mack Trucks assembly plant in Winnsboro.

Today, MLILY USA is manufacturing 2,000 mattresses a day with two shifts and 185
employees in Winnsboro, and the company is forecasting demand will top 6,000 by the end of the August. At that time, the company expects to be at full employment with 250 workers.

“As the bedding industry continues its rebound, we are seeing significant growth and
expect that growth to continue as more and more retailers and mattress suppliers are looking to
fill their product list with mattress made in the U.S.,” said Stephen Chen, president of MLILY
USA. “As retail reopens from the countrywide shutdown due to Covid-19 and fears of supply
chain disruptions continue to grow, we are filling the need for a number of leading retailers, as
well as meeting the demand for private label contract manufacturers, that are looking for
domestic supply partners.”

MLILY USA is looking for a variety of skilled workers to fill a number of positions,
including jobs on the production lines, in the warehouse, sewing and factory supervisory jobs, company officials said.

The company, which is currently running multiple production lines in the facility,
recently installed its first robotics machines for added production and has completed its
automated racking system in the factory’s foam pouring area for foam storage.

“The excitement over our growth, both within the factory and the Winnsboro community,
is palpable,” said Chad Reinsel, director of manufacturing of MLILY USA. “We expect the
demand for our products to continue to grow, which allows us to continue to invest in the
community and its residents.”

The company manufactures its range of mattresses and pillows in the factory,
including the Ego, Wellflex, Mprove and Dreamer lines. All of the mattresses from the factory
are roll-packed.

MLILY USA’s parent company Healthcare Co., Ltd. invested nearly $50 million in the factory that had been dormant for nine years after Guardian Building Products, which occupied the site following Mack's operations, left the Winnsboro community. 

In addition to producing mattresses for retailers throughout North America, the MLILY factory manufacturers springs and proprietary memory foam used in its mattresses.

MLILY USA is the North American mattress and pillow company of Healthcare Co.,

Knoxville, Tennessee-based MLILY USA’s mattresses, pillows and sleep accessories are
manufactured in factories around the world, including China, Thailand, Serbia
and Winnsboro that span more than 6 million square feet.

MLILY also has a global strategic partnership with Manchester United, the sports brand and popular soccer team located in the United Kingdom.

As part of the partnership, MLILY provides the team’s training complex with mattresses and other sleep products.

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