TLS by Design employs a seasoned team of furniture-making professionals. In addition to craftsmen and seamstresses with 15-50+ years of experience, TLS has an apprentice program where we bring in less experienced employees to learn alongside those who have spent their entire lives making quality furniture.

Located in Portland, IN, TLS is in the midst of a region known for both woodworking and upholstery making. In addition to our team of full-time employees, we have access to a large pool of experienced part-time workers who help us meet demands when we receive larger hospitality or university projects.

Select Team Member Profiles


Jim Adams

Master Upholsterer

Experience: 56 Years

Responsibilities: Product Development, Pattern Design and Upholstery


Melinda Elston

Head Seamstress

Experience: 18 Years

Responsibilities: Sewing and Quality Control

Roger Mullenkamp

Chief Mechanic and Quality Control

Experience: 39 Years

Responsibilities: Maintaining Machinery and Quality Control Expert



Trent Shafer

Production Forman

Experience: 17 Years

Responsibilities: Various Duties Including Product Development, Milling and Upholstery