TUPELO • A shortage of the chemicals used to make foam has caused a ripple effect across the furniture industry, but it isn’t alone in trying to deal with the growing problem.
The automotive industry also is affected, as foam is used for the seating inside vehicles.
The foam shortage in the furniture industry has been an issue since the fall but has been exacerbated by the recent deep freeze in Texas and Louisiana, where most of the chemicals are produced for foam.
“We’re working four days per week to try to deal with the shortage,” said Jim Sneed, CEO of Affordable Furniture in Randolph. The 300-employee plant, like so many others, can’t build furniture if it can’t get foam.
Other companies are taking entire weeks off work, or working every other week, adjusting schedules along the way to deal with the shortage.
“We started seeing shortages in November or