ARCADIA, Wis. – Ashley Furniture has completed the first phase of renovations on a new technology center located in its hometown of Arcadia, Wisconsin. Set for completion in spring 2017, the 82,000-square-foot Chapel Hill Advanced Technology Center will house more than 200 office professionals, including members of Ashley’s design and information technology teams.

Dedication of the facility took place on Oct. 10. The company said the name “Chapel Hill” was chosen by Ashley CEO Todd Wanek in honor of the building's religious roots. The hospital and chapel were built in 1948 by the Franciscan Sisters and members of the community.

“Due to the historic nature of this building and its tie to the community, we took every precaution to preserve its original exterior,” Wanek said. “We did our best to maintain some interior elements while updating it in function and design to create an inspiring workplace for our associates to meet our future business needs. This dedication is really a tribute to the four sisters who devoted their life to this facility. We’re very proud to have preserved this building.”

During the ceremony, Ashley also announced it is nearing completion of a 155,000 square-foot expansion to its Plant 4 manufacturing and distribution facility in Arcadia that adds 36 loading docks. The Plant 4 expansion  is expected to be complete by Nov. 1.

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