Lancer Furniture Inc. opened its doors in March of 1969 in Star, North Carolina, USA with a mission to build a company and product that would stand the test of time. Over the last 52 years, the company has survived economic downturns, natural disasters, and other challenges, largely due to the qualities ingrained into the company culture by the original employees.
Today, Lancer operates as a special-order company who produces 120 - 160 custom pieces of furniture per day. The company offers many different choices for cushions, pillows, legs, colors, and arm covers as well as several tackline options.
Getting the perfect cut
Lancer sells a large variety of plaids and stripes, which was causing them to lose a lot of yield and time due to having to “block” cutbacks, cushions, decks and more to make sure they’d match. Years ago, when they began streamlining and digitizing their matching process, Lancer began looking for an automated cutting solution but weren’t convinced the technology was far along enough to invest in it, until they saw a demonstration of Gerber’s digital cutting solutions.
“When we were first starting to look at digital cutters and nesting solutions, we saw demos of several brands, but we felt Gerber’s was best suited to our matching needs,” said Robert B. Deese, Vice President of Lancer. “We were very pleased with the first cutter so we added a second about nine months after the first purchase.”
As Lancer transitioned to cutting solids, they became beta testers for Gerber’s newest innovations and eventually went on to add an automated leather cutting solution, the Taurus, when they moved into the leather living room furniture market allowing them to save material, time and get the most optimized process.