Forbes names Ashley Furniture one of America's best places to work
ARCADIA, Wi. - Furniture giant Ashley Furniture has been named one of America’s Best Employers by Forbes Magazine. With manufacturing and distribution facilities in Wisconsin, Mississippi, North Carolina, California, Pennsylvania, Texas and Florida, Ashley is the world’s largest manufacturer of furniture.
Forbes works with Statista, a research firm, to survey a group of 30,000 American workers to gather their opinions of their employers. The Best Employers in America list is compiled by asking questions such as “On a scale of 0 to 10, how likely are you to recommend your organization to friends or family?” Statista also asked employees to recommend other companies outside of their own.
“We strive for nothing less than earning the loyalty and trust of our employees and customers every day,” states Todd Wanek, President and CEO. “Our employees are the heartbeat of our organization and we work together to continuously improve our business, our products and our customer experience.”
In 1970, Ashley Furniture formed its first manufacturing facility in Arcadia, Wisconsin with 35 employees. Today, Ashley has 16,000 employees nationwide (26,000 worldwide), over 17 million square feet (400 acres) of capacity under roof and offers one of the largest product assortments to 6,000+ retail partners, over 725 Ashley HomeStores and over 20,000 storefronts in 123 countries.
Under the leadership of Todd Wanek, Ashley's President and CEO, and Ron Wanek, its Founder and Chairman, the family-owned company has been steadily building employee engagement programs and has made significant investments in the area of employee growth and development. The company has invested more than $1 billion over the past five years with an emphasis on technology.
“We are committed to providing a best-in-class employee experience,” said Danna Szwed, Executive Vice President of Human Resources. “This is an exciting milestone in our company’s history and we look forward to building on the positive momentum.”

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