*Ashley Furniture* brings America's largest furniture facility to *Advance.* 550 more jobs ahead

Ashley Furniture Industries Inc. starts construction this month on a groundbreaking 1,040,000 square-foot addition to its 1.7 million square-foot manufacturing facility in Davie County. The new plant is an expansion of the warehouse and logistics operation opened there in November.

Once completed, this will be the Wisconsin-based company’s largest facility – and the nation’s largest furniture manufacturing and distribution operation.  

Company officials project the $80 million upgrade will create 550 jobs over five years.

Todd Wanek, Ashley’s President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “This facility investment was made for the benefit of our retail customers. North Carolina’s business friendly climate and rich tradition in furniture manufacturing were important factors in choosing this site.” He added, “The Advance, North Carolina location will complement Ashley’s current U.S. manufacturing and distribution locations in California, Mississippi, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin in providing faster delivery to our customers, especially those located on the Eastern seaboard.” 

Ashley Furniture Industries is the world’s largest manufacturer of home furnishings, doing business in over 130 countries. It sells home furnishings and accessories through independent furniture dealers and independently-owned Ashley Furniture HomeStore retail furniture locations.  

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