And here was me thinking manufacturing was dead

Labour and the other assorted moaners and mingers of the opposition all claimed there was a manufacturing crisis in New Zealand.

On the day they released their report into how bad it was the government released statistics showing massive growth in the sector.

It appears no one told Sleepyhead either.

Sleepyhead Manufacturing has today announced plans to invest around $45 million in a new state-of-the-art 40,000m2 manufacturing, warehouse and distribution facility in Manukau as a base for its Auckland bedding, foam and flooring manufacturing operations.

Sleepyhead has purchased a 9.2-hectare site next to the Vodafone Events Centre to build an Australasian ?centre of excellence? for its bedding business, which it hopes to have operational in 2017. ?

Sleepyhead Joint Managing Director, Craig Turner said the investment will create new jobs and bring together its existing 400-strong workforce from the company?s Otahuhu and Avondale operations.

“We?ve already started the centre of excellence strategy at our existing sites, which will create 40 new jobs in the next three years as we transition to the new facility.”

“The new centre will have a state-of-the-art Research and Development facility. It will also create new manufacturing jobs in Auckland as we boost exports of our products to markets like China – where we now export beds and specialist bedding foam. Our exports into China are already worth several million dollars and we expect them to double year on year, creating more jobs in Auckland.

“The new facility will also be the Head Office for our operations, sales, marketing and finance teams who support the New Zealand market and our expanding operations across Australasia. We?re proud to make New Zealand our main service centre for Group operations.”