Visitors tour Hickory Springs Innovation Center as Part of Inaugural Manufacturing Day

Hickory Springs Manufacturing Company welcomed visitors to its Corporate Innovation and Testing Center in Hickory, N.C., on Oct. 8th as part of the inaugural Manufacturing Day.

More than 200 manufacturing companies participated in the national event, which is designed to highlight the importance of manufacturing to the U.S. economy and showcase the rewarding, highly skilled jobs available in manufacturing fields. Manufacturing Day is spearheaded by the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association International, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the National Association of Manufacturers and the Manufacturing Institute; and is sponsored by numerous industry groups around the country.

“We enjoyed participating in this premier event and appreciated the opportunity it provided to generate enthusiasm among members of our community for what we do, including our efforts to create innovative products that will be manufactured in the United States,” said Brad McNeely, vice president, new product development at Hickory Springs. “During the tour, we introduced visitors to all facets of the operation, including product showrooms, prototype building and testing, computer-aided design and product development.”

Opened last December, the 30,000-square-foot Hickory Springs Innovation Center is home to a complete design team focused on the development of innovative products. In addition, showrooms and conference rooms provide settings for customers and vendors to work collaboratively on new products, programs and services.

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About Hickory Springs Manufacturing: One of North Carolina’s largest employers, Hickory Springs is a privately held company that brings together approximately 2,400 employees in more than 50 manufacturing plants in 16 states and China to serve a wide array of diverse customers and markets. Based in Hickory, N.C., the company has expanded its global presence and moved beyond core furniture and bedding markets to embrace new growth opportunities in transportation, healthcare, packaging and government sectors.