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Anderson Fabrics Workroom celebrates 30 years of business

As Steve Cochems, the president of the Anderson Fabrics Workroom, walks by each of the factory's 232 employees, he says hello to them -- by name. That personal level, which is important to Cochems, makes up the desirable work atmosphere the company developed 30 years ago and continues today.

According to the company's official website, Anderson Fabrics is a nationally known customer's own material workroom that has been making custom products for interior designers and decorators since 1980.

Ron and D'Ann Anderson started the business making custom-fit, pinch-pleated draperies with a half-dozen people and seven sewing machines in the basement of an old bowling alley. The designer would ship fabric to the workroom and the completed order would be shipped back to them in a timely manner.

"We're the first and the largest workroom of this kind," Cochems said of the 135,000 square feet plant. "We have a good standing reputation here."

The company is no longer owned by the Anderson family and is now an employee owned company and has been since 2002.

"We take good care of our employees," Cochems said. "We appreciate the hard, quality work they do. If they're here for 15 years or more, they even get a reserved parking space in our parking lot."

Cochems explained that the company runs into a lot of confusion on the fact that Anderson Fabrics doesn't actually produce and manufacture the fabrics on site.

"Decorators, designers or other customers send us the fabric with the order of what they want done with it," he said. "We see orders come in from families like the Clintons and the Bidens. We used to get a lot from Tiger Woods and his wife but we haven't lately."

He explained that the company changed their logo only a few years ago to help avoid further confusion.

"We're a custom workroom with very, very skilled people," he said. "Our new logo lets people know that we are a workroom with their fabric, their designs, their creations and its done on time. We've worked very hard over the past five years to improve how to get out products faster to our customers."

He said that an important key to the company's business is the communication it has with customers.

"We have people here who can communicate effectively on some very complicated treatments," he explained.

The workroom has a very technical computer draft area that produces templates to cut out the fabric. The customer will tell an Anderson Fabrics associate what they want and that will then be translated into the program which sends out directions to the production floor.

As listed on their website, Anderson Fabrics offers a wide variety of custom draperies, swags, shades, cornices, specialty valances, bolsters, bench seats, futon cushion covers, ottomans, trunks, folding screens, table skirts, table cloths, napkins, squares, runners, blinds, shades and drapery hardware, bedding of all types -- quilted and unquilted bedspreads, comforters, coverlets, canopies, duvet covers, dust ruffles, crib bedding, headboards and pillow shams.

"For our quilted bedding product, we have people who will do an outline by hand or we can enter it into the computer," Cochems said. "It is whatever the customer wants."

Everything is made on the production floor and designed by the customer using fabrics of all different textures, shapes, designs and colors. The employees put in a great amount of time and effort to stand behind the quality product the company promises.

The motto of the Anderson Fabrics Workroom is "if you can design it, we can create it."

"I know that I'm very proud to be a part of this company and it is my hope that the rest of our staff is, too," Cochems said.