Ashley expands Mississippi plant

Upholstery factory now at 2.4 million square feet

Staff Staff, October 26, 2007

ECRU, Miss. — Officials at Ashley Furniture dedicated a 175,000-square-foot addition Thursday to one of its upholstered furniture factories here, making it a 2.4-million-square-foot facility with about 3,000 employees, the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reported.

In an area that prides itself on big plants, Chairman Ron Wanek called the facility the largest upholstery production plant in the United States. President Todd Wanek noted that when the company bought the facility in 1994, it was about 135,000 square feet and had 135 employees.

The Arcadia, Wis.-based company also has a motion upholstery plant in nearby Ripley, Miss., that employs another 900 workers.

The paper said Ashley’s upholstered furniture accounted for some $1.2 billion in sales last year, a figure that is expected to be topped this year.

Also on hand Thursday was Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour.

To read the Daily Journal report, click here.

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