Lane Furniture workers in Mississippi off this week
Furniture Today Staff -- Furniture Today, September 12, 2013
TUPELO, Miss. — Workers at Lane Furniture's two Mississippi factories have been told not to return to work until at least Friday, according to a report in the Lee County Courier.
Most of the workers were sent home Monday afternoon as supplies of foam and other components ran out, the report said.
Lane's parent company, Furniture Brands International, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday and notified the Mississippi Division of Employment Security that it may lay off 1,451 Lane workers beginning in October.
Anton Nicholas, spokesman for ICR, a corporate communications firm hired by Furniture Brands, confirmed that Lane's factories are not operating this week. However, he said production is expected to resume Monday following U.S. Bankruptcy Court approval of so-called "first day motions," which allow the company to pay suppliers, employee wages, and other routine expenses.