Spoonflower, a local custom fabric printing startup with customers worldwide, is doubling the size of its location in Research Triangle Park and adding more jobs every month.
Spoonflower's new space will more than double its current size of about 8,000 square feet, and it will expand into the new space by December. When the company moved in two years ago, co-founder Stephen Fraser said, one of the advantages to its new location was that space was available in the same building to expand.
The company currently employs about 35 full-time staffers, as well as a few part-time employees, a number Fraser said will grow each month at least to the end of the year. The company is currently hiring for four open positions and adding printers and capacity to print fabric on a weekly basis.
Spoonflower’s headquarters includes its manufacturing facility, where it prints its customers’ fabric orders on 20 large inkjet printers specially modified to handle fabric.
Founded in 2008 by former Lulu.com employees Fraser and Gart Davis and growing at a rate of about 200 percent per year, Spoonflower was the first company that allowed people to upload their own designs to be custom-printed onto fabric. It outgrew its first location, in an old sock mill in Mebane, and relocated to its current Meridian Parkway offices in Durham two years ago.