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Furniture maker to spend $20 million, create 600 jobs

Associated Press One of northeast Mississippi’s fastest growing companies will take over the former headquarters of a regional mainstay that dissolved in bankruptcy. Southern Motion announced Wednesday that it will spend $20 million and hire 600 people over five years as the reclining furniture maker moves into a 758,000-square-foot building in Baldwyn. Former owner Hancock Fabrics closed after seeking bankruptcy ...

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Ashley Furniture to pay $1.75M to settle safety citations

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Wisconsin-based Ashley Furniture has agreed to pay $1.75 million to settle alleged safety violations at four of its plants, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Wednesday. Ashley Furniture entered into a corporate-wide agreement aimed at protecting workers from machine hazards, the agency said. The agreement also resolves all pending citations at the company’s plants in Arcadia and Whitehall, ...

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Furniture market growing in last year

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By LISA MONTI When American Furniture officials announced in December the company had expanded its footprint in Mississippi by locating manufacturing operations in Amory, state leaders took the $560,000 investment in Monroe County as a good sign. The company also has manufacturing operations in Ecru. “Mississippi’s furniture manufacturing industry has experienced significant growth over the past year, and American Furniture’s expansion ...

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  Furniture maker to open Amory plant, create 140 jobs

MBJ staff 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 ...

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Furniture maker adding jobs in Ecru

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ECRU — Upholstered furniture manufacturer Fusion Furniture Inc. is expanding operations at its facility in north Mississippi’s Pontotoc County The company announced Tuesday that it will invest $1.6 million and create 100 jobs, bringing employment in Ecru location to 430. Fusion Furniture will build a 100,000-square-foot addition at its existing facility. Mississippi Development Authority is giving a $200,000 grant to ...

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Jobs coming to Mississippi, furniture company expands

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WREN — United Furniture Industries is moving its distribution operations to the former Lane Furniture Industries distribution facility in Wren. The company says 50 employees will be hired in Wren while another 50 will be hired at United’s factories in Amory, Nettleton and Okolona. Tuesday’s announcement comes five months after United opened a new manufacturing plant in Verona. The facility ...

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Emerald Home Furnishings plans furniture plant in New Albany

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NEW ALBANY — Emerald Home Furnishings announced Wednesday that it will open an upholstered furniture factory in New Albany, investing more than $2 million and hiring 150 workers. The company, based in Seattle, Washington, will move into a building formerly occupied by furniture component manufacturer Hickory Springs, which closed its New Albany plant in June 2012. Federal, state and local ...

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Southern Motion expanding in Baldwyn

MBJ staff Reclining furniture manufacturer Southern Motion is expanding operations at its facility in Baldwyn. The project represents a $600,000 investment and will create 60 jobs during the next 12 months, according to a release issued on Thursday.mm This expansion will bring employment at the facility to 235. Southern Motion also has operations in Pontotoc,  where the company employs 1,100 ...

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Mississippi furniture makers on rebound with more exports

By Jack Weatherly A few years ago, the Chinese might not have been the kind of trade partners you wanted if you were in furniture manufacturing in Mississippi. That’s because the communist nation was selling goods in this country cheaper than they could be made in the United States. Consequently, the industry —suppliers and manufacturers — in Mississippi felt the ...

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Chinese delegation coming to Tupelo Furniture Market

TUPELO — A delegation from China is visiting the Tupelo Furniture Market on Feb. 4-6 to learn more about furniture products made in the United States. Bill Martin, director of the Franklin Furniture Institute at Mississippi State University, says in a news release that China’s demand for American-made upholstered furniture has increased and consumers are asking Chinese retailers for more. ...

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