The company’s manufacturing side is also on the move, keeping at the forefront of the most current technology.
“We’ve also invested in state-of-the-art machinery in Manlius and are spending more than $3 million on an ERP [Enterprise Resource Planning] system, thus updating our information technology to make us much more efficient,” she added. “It has been a huge investment, both in capital and human resources, with so many people involved. We will go live in March.”
Stickley is also constantly working to add to its stellar lineup of products, including featuring its new Finger Lakes Collection, described by Audi as “a uniquely American perspective on classic Western design. Included in this is a custom designed dining room assortment where customers can choose their own bases and tops from the selection offered, and the tops come with different levels of distressing. This line is beautifully displayed in our Fayetteville showroom.”
Customers visiting the showroom can also see a limited edition Harvey Ellis cabinet exclusively offered in 2012 or browse the more than 1,000 Stickley fabrics available, 250 of which are brand new.
“We are always looking to improve our lines and our company, and in the future, we will continue to invest in people, product and in infrastructure. “If new opportunities present themselves, we will seize them.”
Stickley’s biggest asset
Audi said there has been a continuing demand for Stickley’s lines, which is very gratifying. “At a time when many furniture manufacturers and retailers are closing their doors or reducing their footprints, we are grateful to be in a position to expand and plan for future growth,” she said.
In fact, Stickley has not had a single layoff since 1974, which makes Audi proud. “We have been very busy – we don’t sit still, and that is why we have been able to keep two full-time shifts in Manlius.”