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HFI techs up to add services, cut costs

At the New York Market -- Home Fashions International has spent the past few months broadening its manufacturing capabilities to become more vertical and, in the process, take more cost out of its production. "In China, for every process you buy the government adds a 17% charge," said David Lee, owner and ceo, HFI/ADF. "You buy a dye lot, your invoice has an extra 17%. You send to a finisher, 17%."

To cut those non-valued-added costs, HFI has added a bevy of new processing to its mill structure in China and the U.S. These include improvements and new installations in dyeing, embroidery, engineered printing and the ability to fill its own comforters.

HFI in the past several weeks also has added six new CAD designers, two in New York, two in China. Its design team in China now numbers 35 artists.

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