Downlite Outdoor Announces Expansion at their State-of-the-Art Canadian Down Facility
September 28, 2022
Business continues to exceed all expectations
Mason, OH, September 28, 2022 /OUTDOOR SPORTSWIRE/ – Downlite Outdoor, a division of Downlite, a market leader in down and feather processing and a supplier of responsibly sourced performance fills to the outdoor, home furnishings, and hospitality markets, expands their new facility in Mississauga, Canada to meet growing demand.
With the rapid growth of Downlite in the Canadian outdoor market, the new facility has exceeded expectations with our Canadian business. Business growth has exceeded plan by 15%. Due to the new proximity to North American business, Downlite has added new clients and substantially grown current ones. Because of these factors the new facility has expanded by 50%.
“We are ecstatic about the growth, stated Joe Crawford, CEO of Downlite. As expected, we were able to fulfill all of our customer’s expectations when we built this new state-of-the-art facility. Little did we know we would be expanding so soon. The expansion will allow us to continue to grow and most importantly, continue to provide our customers with premium quality product, whenever they need it.”
The new facility opened in June 2021, with the goal to process and deliver down quickly to Downlite’s Canadian customers. The Downlite facility has state-of-the-art European equipment, allowing for maximization of cleanliness and performance in down production. The expansion helps provide fresher material and shorter lead times, while increasing processing and distribution capabilities for the North American market in both Home and Outdoor.
“Adding this expansion not only helps us to continue to provide the best product to all of our clients but puts us in the position to offer more employment opportunities for all levels within the facility. It is definitely an exciting time for us at Downlite.” stated Hailey Werthaiser Parnes, Vice President, Business Development.
Downlite has pioneered breakthrough innovations in performance down technologies and has emerged as a leader in traceability and transparency through its global supply chain and now circularity and reverse logistics.
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Downlite has a rich history in feather and down sourcing and processing, with origins dating back more than 100 years in Europe. Downlite is one of the largest U.S. suppliers of bedding for the home and hospitality industries (Macy’s, Costco, Marriott International, W Hotels). Downlite is also one of the largest suppliers of bulk down and feather to apparel and sleeping bag makers in the outdoor industry. A leader in responsible sourcing, Downlite is proud to have been awarded the first RDS Scope Certificate. Additionally, Downlite was offered the first TDS-Certified supply chain in the world—both from Europe and the USA. Downlite has four U.S.-based manufacturing sites, one manufacturing site in Canada, and sourcing teams based in China, Europe, and the U.S. Downlite is bluesign certified and a proud member of the American Feather & Down Council. Downlite Outdoor
Current Downlite customers include: Aritzia, Canada Goose, Cascade Design, Columbia Sportswear, Enlightened Equipment, Forloh, Feathered Friends, Haglofs, Hammock Gear, Lululemon, Patagonia, Ralph Lauren, REI, The Banana Republic, and The North Face.
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