Now Hiring: Made and Modern, robotic furniture factory with HL roots "Hacker Lab was huge. I never touched a CNC machine before I came to Hacker Lab," Made & Modern cofounder Rob Backman said. "Now I’m building a factory with CNC machines. It’s definitely huge. I want us to be long term partners. I want to grow but don’t want to lose connections to the root."

Rob Backman happened to choose an office near the front of Midtown Hacker Lab.

Visitors often approached his door asking, "How can I make this?"He started telling people to come back on Friday afternoons, helping start a Hacker Lab tradition — Fusion Fridays. All the while, he was working on an innovative idea of his own.

Imagine being able to design a piece of furniture exactly how you want it. Now, imagine being able to make thousands of them at a fraction of the cost.

That’s the approach Made & Modern is taking, starting with creating a new facility in Fairfield. They're looking for laser operators, CNC assemblers, problem-solvers, sewers and people of all skill levels to help the company grow into full production mode.

"The ad is if you want to learn CNC in the real world, get hands on experience building stuff — look us up," Backman said. "You don’t have to have CNC experience — maybe you bring furniture experience and we can incorporate that somehow. You can use your experience from Hacker Lab in the real world."

"It’s going to be awesome place to work, we’re building a brand new facility with physical-distancing from the ground up," Backman added.The jobs include individuals setting up a cut on a CNC machine, operating the machine, assembling the piece afterwards, fabric installation and more.

"They should be very good in planning, to navigate in a low-instruction area, to find a solution if they come across any issues. We are looking for those individuals who will be a leader and manager for the shop down the road," said Sati Johal, who is helping set-up the facility over the next month or so. The full job descriptions can be found below.

Are you interested? Email your resume and a cover letter to Sati at [email protected].

About Made and Modern
Made + Modern is a furniture manufacturing business. We use proprietary software utilizing commodity robotics to produce quality furniture at a superior value versus the status quo. Our goal is to deliver exceptional value, quality, and style to democratize taste across all customer segments

Warehouse Material Handling
Load/Unload material into/from trucks. Receive incoming material in the computer system and move them to its storage location and to the point of use. Person will require to use pallet jack/powered pallet jack. Each pallet can carry weight between 200 to 500 lbs. Individual weight lifting will be below 30 lbs. Usually there will be two people lifting the heavy stuff.
For shipping purposes, person will pack finished good in the specific designed packaging and place them on pallet and tie wrap them to the pallet. Person will follow provided visual instructions to pack the items. Move the individual packed items into truck and secure them as per provided instructions.
Limited position (2) will require to operate Fork Lift for above mentioned job description. Each person shall be able to read and understand instruction written in English. They shall be familiar with computer and its use.  The complexity in computer use will be no different from what one faces while ordering on line. Person will require to stand and work. Person will be required to maintain general house-keeping in their work space. Person shall be willing to learn.

Assembly Job 1
Assemble prepared wood pieces using staples and/or screws and make furniture. Follow visual
assembly instructions. Assemble foam using staples or glue using provided visual instructions. Assemble pre-stitched fabric using staples and provided visual instructions. The job will require turning furniture to access staple locations. The maximum weight to handle in job turning will be less than 30 lbs. and usually, it will be below 20 lbs.
Each person shall be able to read and understand visual instruction written in English. They shall be familiar with basic computer use.  They shall be able to use air powered staple guns and other air powered hand held tools. Person will require to stand and work. Person will be required to maintain general house-keeping in their work space. Person shall be willing to learn.

 Assembly Job 2
Operate computer-controlled machines to cut wood, foam and fabric. They will require to set up machine and job per provided instructions. They will require to perform physical measurement of first cut pieces using ruler and laser guided measurement tools. They will require to use hand held battery powered sander to clean up and prepare the processed wood for assembly process.
Assemble prepared wood pieces using staples and/or screws and make furniture. Follow visual assembly instructions. Assemble foam using staples or glue using provided visual instructions. Assemble pre-stitched fabric using staples and provided visual instructions. The job will require turning furniture to access staple locations. The maximum weight to handle in job turning will be less than 30 lbs. and usually, it will be below 20 lbs.
Each person shall be able to read and understand visual instruction written in English. They shall be familiar with basic computer use.  They shall be able to use air powered staple guns and other air powered hand held tools. Person will require to stand and work. Person will be required to maintain general house-keeping in their work space. Person shall be willing to learn.

Fabric Sewing
Operate powered sewing machine. Person will require to set up and exercise control on semi powered sewing machine operation. They will require to sew pre-cut pieces and ensure that sewed fabric fit properly on the required furniture. They solve problems commonly associated with upholstery finish. 1-2 yrs. of upholstery experience preferred.
Each person shall be able to read and understand visual instruction written in English. They shall be familiar with basic computer use. Person will be required to maintain general house-keeping in their work space. Person shall be willing to learn.

Are you interested? Email your resume and a cover letter to Sati at [email protected].

 The Fusion Friday crew hard at work (Pictured: Rob Backman, right).


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