Verellen is nearing the completion of 8,000-sq.-ft. of new office space, which will make room in its factory for expanded production until an additional 40,000-sq.-ft. of manufacturing space can be completed. The manufacturer of luxury upholstered furniture and case goods is growing to meet demand. The company was founded in 1999 by Tom and Sabine Verellen of Belgium. Tom had a background in textiles, and he saw an opportunity in utilizing vast amounts of furniture-making talent and resources being left behind as jobs moved overseas. All Verellen’s manufacturing operations occur in North Carolina, and the manufacture of some items, like metal accents, may be brought in-house after the expansion. Most materials are also locally-sourced, an exception being special imported fabrics. Most of the anticipated growth will accommodate designer projects. Verellen said designers are always actively seeking them out, unlike retailers. Verellen does not employ sales representatives; instead, growth has come by scouting out a store with similar values in a town company leadership wants to service and then working out an exclusivity deal.