Leda Furniture ceases production after 40 years
November 29, 2016 | By Manufacturing AUTOMATION
Nov. 29, 2016 – Leda Furniture, a Toronto, Ont.-based manufacturer of fine furniture, is ceasing production and closing its doors after 40 years of business, citing a number of challenges that have affected the operation.
“This was a very difficult and heart-breaking decision to make but the logistics of manufacturing domestic high end furniture in Ontario is becoming too great a challenge. The increase in cheap offshore imports, government regulations, high labour shortages and rates have had a really negative impact on domestic manufacturing, and have forced our hand to cease operations,” according to a statement from the company on its website. “Thank you for your past support from the Confalone family and we look forward to a new chapter in our lives.”
Beginning in 1967 manufacturing custom-made furniture and parts, Lino Confalone built Leda by gradually adding to the product offering. In 1972, the company moved to an 18,000-square-foot facility when occasional, dining room and bedroom furniture were added to the line. In 1981, it expanded once again to a 50,000-square-foot facility. The addition of wall units, home office furniture collections and a home theatre offering led to another expansion to the current 175,000-square-foot factory facility in 1993.