NEW ALBANY, MS – VIP Cinema Seating, the world’s largest manufacturer of premium cinema seating, has reached a new manufacturing milestone with a facility expansion that will provide the capability to produce 2,000 luxury cinema seats per day, while maintaining VIP’s commitment to custom, made in the U.S.A. quality.
Like the four major facilities expansions that came before it, this fifth expansion within eight years, comes in response to dramatically burgeoning demand as exhibitors across the world are recognizing the value of luxury seating in the cinema-going experience. Since VIP introduced the concept of luxury reclining seating to the theatre industry in 2008, the company has completed over 500 custom cinema projects worldwide, finishing 2016 with a 44.2 percentage increase in overall shipments. Each custom project is a showcase for the myriad ways in which VIP seating can create a movie-going environment—and a movie-going experience—like no other.
“What our customers are seeing is that luxury seating positively impacts all areas—not just attendance, but concessions and overall profitability as well,” notes Stephen Simons, VIP CEO. “Now, this latest expansion puts us into a position to better serve our global and domestic customer partners currently and well into the future.”
The newest expansion added 190,000-sq.-ft. of manufacturing facilities to the company’s New Albany, MS manufacturing plant, increasing the company’s total manufacturing operations to over 600,000 square feet—all of it, Simons points out—located in the U.S.A., employing a skilled team of 500.
“Our growth comes down to one important factor,” Simons notes. “We provide solutions. Our team of design, engineering and service professionals approach each job from every angle to create a truly custom solution that works. We were the first to supply luxury reclining seating to the theater industry when no one else thought it could be done, and we never subscribed to the idea that out-sourcing was the best route for the highest quality. We’re an American company committed to made in the U.S.A. quality.”