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Ashley closes operations at Ripley facility

Heavy rain and hail has forced Ashley Furniture Industries Inc. to close its Ripley facility in Mississippi. A company statement says the plant has closed for safety reasons and will continue to assess the weather-related damage. It said the plant planned to reopen this week. News outlets report Ripley employees were told to call the attendance line for updates on ...

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Some of 840 Ashley jobs coming to Mississippi

By DENNIS SEID Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal Ashley Furniture Industries is laying off 840 workers at its manufacturing plant in Colton, California, and shifting production to plants in North Carolina, Mississippi and Wisconsin. Already one of the largest private employers in Northeast Mississippi, Ashley employs some 4,000 workers at its plants in Ecru, Ripley and Verona. The company says the ...

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Ashley Furniture fined $1.8M; Miss. plants not cited

By Jack Weatherly A Wisconsin-based furniture maker has drawn a $1.8 million fine from the federal Occupational and Safety and Health Administration for 1,000 injuries to employees in a 42-month period. Those occurred at the Arcadia, Wis., headquarters plant for Ashley Furniture Industries Inc., which employs 4,500 there, OSHA said in a news release Ashley employs about 3,600 in Mississippi in ...

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Building materials rebound thanks to residential construction spike

COLUMBUS- Brickyard executive Ed Thebaud hasn’t seen much to signal a rebound in the brick and tile business in Mississippi and other Southeastern states. But he says he is encouraged to see some of the lingering gloom of Mississippi’s construction materials sector erased by new companies ready to set up shop here, expand here or even restart operations shut down ...

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Coming home, part 2- "Reshoring" could reenergize U.S. manufacturing

As director of Mississippi State University’s Franklin Furniture Institute, Bill Martin has an up-close familiarity with the American “reshoring” trend, especially its implications for furniture manufacturing in Mississippi. He’s not convinced the trend of factories leaving China to return to the United States has arrived in Mississippi, but change is under way and the Magnolia State is feeling its effects. ...

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Furniture company announces layoffs in Miss.

ECRU — Ashley Furniture Industries has announced it will lay off 65 workers at its operation in Ecru in northeast Mississippi. The Arcadia, Wis.-based manufacturer has 2,900 workers in Mississippi. It said Tuesday that the layoffs were because of increased foreign competition. In 2008, Ashley Furniture cut about 200 jobs – 5 percent of its Mississippi work force at the ...

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