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Ashley plans big addition to N.C. plant

ADVANCE, N.C. — Ashley Furniture Inds. is moving forward with construction on its Davie County manufacturing and distribution facility here.

The company is adding more than one million square feet to its current 1.7 million square-foot complex on about 640 acres of land in Advance. This site includes 418,000 square feet of warehouse and distribution facilities being converted to case goods and upholstery manufacturing.

The site also houses 32 former tobacco storage buildings. Ashley has been using many of these for product and equipment storage.

When completed, the facility will be Ashley's largest facility and the largest furniture manufacturing and distribution center in the United States, the company said. In addition to North Carolina, it operates manufacturing plants in Wisconsin, Mississippi, Pennsylvania and California and has a warehouse and distribution facility in Brandon, Fla.

The company is holding an invitation-only groundbreaking event on April 17, which will be attended by North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory and other state and local dignitaries. The company plans a community open house to be held at a later date.

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