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Ashley Furniture faces rain delays, other issues at N.C. plant

ADVANCE, N.C. — Ashley Furniture is facing rain delays, a lack of experienced upholsterers, and issues with wetlands impact and buildings codes that have affected construction work at its plant here, company Chairman Ron Wanek told the Winston-Salem Journal.

A story by the Journal's Lisa O'Donnell discusses how rain and regulatory issues, among other items, have pushed the facility's opening back by 18 months and cost the company at least $40 million.

In a best case scenario, Ashley's new 1.1 million-square-foot distribution center will open in the last quarter of 2014, the story said.

Ashley has 225 employees at the site thus far and needs more workers with upholstery experience, which it has had trouble finding, Wanek said.

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