Ashley Furniture consolidating in NC; 111 workers impacted

Ashley Furniture's Statesville, N.C., facility.

Ashley Furniture says it will close its Statesville distribution center, affecting 111 employees, in November. The company plans to increase the workforce at its massive manufacturing, distribution, and fulfillment facility in Advance, N.C.

Ashley disclosed its plans for the 607 Meachem Road center in a WARN Act notice Thursday to the N.C. Commerce Department and to Statesville Mayor Costi Kutteh.

According to the Statesville Record & Landmark, the affected Statesville employees were informed on Sept. 15 that the facility would close by Nov. 15.

The closing appears to involve the ready-to-assemble furniture plant Ashley acquired from Homestar North America LLC in September 2019. At that time, the plant had a workforce of 180 workers.

In the notice, Ashley said affected jobs will include 38 support staff, 26 assembly workers, and eight supervisors, all of whom work in the ready-to-assemble department.


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