Culp Inc (CFI): From Regional Supplier to Global Partner

Destiny A. Lopez  |

When testing out a mattress or picking out a set of new office furniture, often times, consumers only recognize the final product. While style and function are strong selling points, other qualities like durability, comfort and stability are undoubtedly considered. These qualities are often present due to the materials and construction required to get the piece from warehouse to showroom. Culp Inc (CFI), a mattress and furniture materials company, is one organization that has been making it possible for consumer to not only get a good night sleep; but, also making their living and work quarters easy on the eyes.

Headquartered in High Point, North Carolina, Culp offers, among other materials, mattress fabrics and sewn covers used for covering mattresses and box springs in the U.S. and abroad. Currently, the company operates in two segments:

  • Mattress Fabrics, which provides woven jacquard, knitted, and converted fabrics that is used in the production of various bedding products.
  • Upholstery Fabrics, which provides, among other materials, jacquard woven fabrics, velvets, knitted fabrics, and polyurethane fabrics that is used in the creation of sofas, chairs, sectionals, and other commercial and residential furniture pieces.

Since its founding in 1972 originally as a regional supplier, the company as expanded its reach internationally, acting as a global partner to a number of clients. Culp has also publicly stated its commitment to conducting environmentally conscious operations. According to their official website, some of its environmental initiatives include:

  • Recycling of Cardboard/Plastics/Metal/Wood
  • Water Recycling
  • Energy Savings Projects
  • Repurposing of Yarn and Fabric Waste

The company is under the leadership of President and CEO Franklin N. Saxon. A member of its leadership team since 1983, Culp’s Board of Directors appointed Saxon as president and CEO of the Company in 2007.

“Our strategic focus on creative designs, innovation and exceptional customer service continues to drive both businesses,” said Saxon. “Our scalable and global manufacturing platform supports our ability to deliver these products in an efficient manner and continue to meet changing customer demand. Importantly, we have the financial strength to make the strategic investments to enhance our operations and support our growth strategy and return funds to shareholders.”

Aiming to make positive strides in fiscal 2017, Culp is making the rounds on the convention circuit. Check out this company at the upcoming Sidoti Emerging Growth Convention.

“We are pleased with the solid start for Culp in fiscal 2017. Going forward, we are well positioned to build on this success with our outstanding design capabilities, favorable product mix, scalable global manufacturing platform and reputation for outstanding customer service,” said Saxon. At the same time, we have a strong financial position and the flexibility to continue to drive innovation, enhance our operations and pursue strategic initiatives. Above all, we are committed to outstanding performance for our customers as a financially stable and trusted source for innovative fabrics. We look forward to the opportunities before us in fiscal 2017.”

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