Framebridge, a custom framing company, will open a new manufacturing facility in Lexington, Kentucky. The company plans an initial hire of 120 jobs by the end of the year.
The new 49,000 square-foot production facility will immediately increase Framebridge’s operational capacity to meet an expected increase in customer orders driven by the holiday season. The studio will feature processes and machinery powered by Framebridge’s proprietary production software.
“The goal has always been to create a company that can be sustainable over the long term. By investing in an improved customer experience, the new manufacturing facility will provide our customers with faster delivery times and a higher standard of quality,” said Susan Tynan, Founder and CEO of Framebridge.
“As people spend more time at home reflecting on their life’s highlights, we continue to see growth both from retail and online shoppers in 2020. With the widespread renewed focus on home and people feeling more nostalgic during this holiday season where we may be apart from friends and family, we expect to see new customers and a growing excitement for affordable and easy custom framing,” she added.
“I am very proud to lead such a transformational operations team that has seen rapid success,” said Mike Kane, Senior Vice President of Operations & Supply Chain at Framebridge. “In my time here at Framebridge, we've been able to make significant operational improvements to achieve healthy margins with increased scale. Our commitment to innovation and growth continues to be driven by consumers' demand for fast, affordable and high quality custom framing and that's exactly what we're building. Unfortunately, the pandemic has severely impacted local economies with unemployment being hit the hardest. We take great pride in being able to create 240 new manufacturing jobs by the end of this year.”
Framebridge will continue to operate its existing 100,000 square foot framing facility in Richmond, Kentucky. The expansion will help meet growing demand as Framebridge expands its retail operations.
“We are very excited to have Framebridge joining our community,” said Commerce Lexington Inc. President and CEO, Bob Quick. “With a facility already located in Richmond, their team is already very familiar with our region, and all of its amenities and advantages from a business standpoint. Framebridge has seen rapid growth in a short time, and this new Lexington facility will not only enable the company to meet the demands of the holiday season, but will also provide very good job opportunities to families across our region that have been especially hard hit by the ongoing COVID pandemic. Our team has enjoyed working with Framebridge during this project, and we thank them for their investment and positive impact in Lexington’s economic success.”