Crawford Furniture to Close PlantJAMESTOWN, NY -- Crawford Furniture of Jamestown plans to shut down its plant for at least two weeks beginning Feb. 9, 2012.

The New York State Department of Labor issued a WARN (Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification) on November 14. The closing will impact 101 workers, many of them members of International Union of Electrical/Furniture Workers Local #81045.

An executive of the company told WIVB that the shutdown was part of Crawford Furniture's restructuring plan as the company sought to drum up more business on a national level. While saying he hoped the plant would be back in action on Feb. 27, WIVB reported there was a chance that the closure would be permanent.

Crawford Furniture reopened in October, two months after shutting down amid seeking Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in an Aug. 25 filing. At that time, the company announced it would close its five retail outlets and sell its furniture products through distbiturors nationwide.

Crawford Furniture was founded in 1883. The company has been owned by the Cappa family since 1983. It manufactures solid wood bedroom, dining room and occasional furniture from black cherry, maple, ash and oak lumber purchased within a 150-mile radius of the Jamestown factory.

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