American Furniture announced on Tuesday it is expanding its presence in Mississippi by locating manufacturing operations in Amory. The project represents a corporate investment of $560,000 and the creation of 140 jobs. American Furniture has existing manufacturing operations in Ecru, where the company has 757 employees.
American Furniture is locating six manufacturing lines in the 130,000-square-foot facility most recently occupied by Madison House Furniture. The company will also use part of the building for warehousing and distribution.
“ Without the support of Mississippi Development Authority, the city and county, and the Monroe County Chamber, this project would not have happened so quickly,” American Furniture Chief Executive Al Wiygul, said in a release. “Our plan will put us at six production lines by the end of January. Our business has grown at 20-plus percent for the last three years.”
The Mississippi Development Authority provided a grant of $194,000 for building modifications. Amory and Monroe County made a 50/50 match of 10 percent of the MDA grant.
Founded in 1998 and based in Ecru, AFM is a leading domestic manufacturer of upholstered furniture.