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Ethan Allen reports record written orders for October

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Ethan Allen Interiors Inc. has announced it has received record written orders for the month of October 2015 that exceed any prior month of October.

For the company’s retail division, total written orders for the month of October increased 33.9 percent and comparable written orders increased 32.3 percent compared to the previous year October.

“The substantial increase of our record written business this October compared to a strong October last year demonstrates the strength of our unique network of about 1,500 in-house interior design associates operating from our 200 Design centers in North America, of which 144 are operated by the company,” said Farooq Kathwari, chairman, president, and CEO of Ethan Allen. “We expect to continue our progress in the remaining months of our fiscal second quarter and also in the third and fourth quarters of fiscal 2016 due to the implementation of many initiatives including aggressive introductions of new products and expanded marketing.”

Read more here: http://www.nasdaq.com/press-release/ethan-allen-reports-record-written-orders-for-month-of-october-2015-20151102-00259#ixzz3qMHKVwnJ.

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November 9, 2015 at 7:00 am

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Pollaro Furniture relocates to Hillside, NJ

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Pollaro Custom Furniture is now manufactured in Hillside, NJ.

Pollaro Custom Furniture has announced it has relocated to Hillside, NJ.  The new facility provides 60,000 sq. ft. of work space, four times larger than its previous location.

Pollaro’s veneer collection, comprised of one million sq. ft. of veneer in 100 different wood species, now occupies its own 10,000 sq. ft. room. The facility also features a wood theater, which is a display space for more than 200 rare and unique wood slabs.  Dramatically lighted, the theater allows each slab to be appreciated for its individual characteristics.

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November 2, 2015 at 7:00 am

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John Thomas furniture to expand finishing program, add 40 jobs

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John Thomas Furniture plans to acquire a vacant 40,000 sq. ft. facility in High Point, North Carolina and add 40 jobs in an expansion of its custom finish program.

Bryan Sprinkle, John Thomas’ national sales manager, said he expects the deal to close within the next 30 to 45 days on the bank-owned property formerly occupied Arpel Leather at 1004 Old Thomasville Road. He did not have information on the expected purchase price.

It will be the company’s fifth property. John Thomas Furniture’s headquarters is in Thomasville, where the firm also has two warehouses, Sprinkle said. A third warehouse is in High Point.

The purpose of the facility will be finishing work, which is the “driving force of the business,” Sprinkle said.

“We import unfinished components from overseas,” he said, “and when they arrive here we build it and finish it per the customer’s request.”

With the new facility, John Thomas Furniture will be able to “consistently offer 30-day turnaround on orders,” Sprinkle said.

The new facility is expected to be operational within about eight months. It will expand with new jobs in stages.

“We’ll probably look to bring on the first 15 or 20 within the next four months,” he said.

See the full BizJournals story here: http://www.bizjournals.com/triad/news/2015/10/16/thomasville-company-to-acquire-high-point-facility.html.

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October 30, 2015 at 7:00 am

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Ashley Furniture cited for safety violations again

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has again cited Ashley Furniture Industries Inc. for alleged safety violations at one of its Wisconsin factories, saying the company failed to protect workers from moving machine parts.

OSHA wants Ashley to be fined $431,000. The company is contesting another $1.8 million in proposed fines from previous inspections at its huge factory in Arcadia, in western Wisconsin.

The citations center on Ashley’s upholstery plant in Whitehall.

There, OSHA said, Ashley failed to put in place procedures to keep machines from accidentally starting up while workers cleaned them, changed blades or cleared jams.

The bulk of the proposed fines are for alleged repeat violations of the so-called lockout rule. Ashley committed the same sort of violation at its Arcadia factory in 2010, according to the latest citations.

About 475 people work at the Whitehall plant.

In a statement, Ashley called the allegations “outrageous” and said it “will vigorously challenge” the citations.

The citations are not a finding of fact, the company noted.

“The claim that Ashley failed to protect its workers from moving machine parts is outrageous,” Paul Waters, legal counsel for the firm, said in the statement. “At all times, Ashley has machine guards in place that are provided by the manufacturer and, in some cases, the company has gone beyond what manufacturers put in place by installing additional guards and implementing special procedures to protect workers.

Early this year, OSHA staff accused Ashley of 38 safety violations at its Arcadia factory, said the firm was emphasizing profit over worker safety and sought nearly $1.8 million in fines.

In July, OSHA cited Ashley again, for allegedly failing to report an accident in which an employee lost a finger. The agency staff is seeking $83,200 in fines in that case.

Ashley is contesting the citations and fines in both cases. Generally speaking, proposed fines initially announced by OSHA staff often end up begin reduced after negotiations between the target companies and the agency.

OSHA has placed Ashley in its “severe violator enforcement program” and said in February that there had been more than 1,000 work-related injuries over 31/2 years at the Arcadia factory.

About 4,500 people work at the plant, one of the largest furniture-making operations in the U.S.

See the original story: http://www.jsonline.com/business/osha-cites-ashley-furniture-for-safety-violations-seeks-431000-fine-b99599165z1-334172641.html.

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October 28, 2015 at 7:00 am

Harden Furniture fined $100,000

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Harden Furniture has been cited with 25 workplace safety violations and fined more than $100,000 by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Herkimer Times Telegram reported.

The McConnellsville, New York-based manufacturer’s citations were issued by OSHA on October 9, and included failure to guard saws and woodworking machinery to prevent employees from coming in contact with blades; fall hazards from unguarded floors and platforms, missing railings and unsafe ladders; obstructed and inadequately lit and marked exit routes; deposits of combustible residue; inadequate safeguards for employees working in confined spaces; deficient safeguards to prevent the unintended startup of machinery; and ungrounded electrical equipment.

The proposed penalties for the violations are $106,200.

”Employees at the McConnellsville plant face the hazards of amputation, falls, fire, electric shock or being caught in unexpectedly activated machinery,” said Christopher Adams, OSHA’s area director in Syracuse. “These are hazards commonly associated with woodworking machinery and manufacturing, and they are hazards that can easily be prevented by an employer.”

The company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the citations and penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

Andy Clark, Harden’s vice president for operations said the 170-plus year-old business is proud of its safety record, despite the citations it has received.

“We are working with OSHA to correct the violations and make sure our workplace is safe for our employees,” Clark said.

See the original story here: http://www.timestelegram.com/article/20151019/NEWS/151019368.

www.hardenfurniture.com

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October 28, 2015 at 7:00 am

Bassett announces opening of new Texas facility

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Bassett Furniture will be opening a new upholstery manufacturing facility in Grand Prairie, Texas, early next year. Located in Wildlife Park, the new 86,000 sq. ft. facility will manufacture sofas, loveseats, sectionals and chairs. In addition, a portion of the new facility will be a home delivery hub for Zenith Global Logistics.

“Our upholstery sales have experienced double digit growth for the last several years,” said Robert H. Spilman Jr., president and CEO of Bassett Furniture. “This new facility will provide both a timely capacity increase and a localized manufacturing presence that allows us to provide the best possible service experience for our Bassett Home Furnishings stores as well as other key independent retailers in the region.”

Bassett is planning to open the facility in February, with employment eventually reaching 70 or more within the next 20 months.

Read more here: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/bassett-announces-opening-of-new-facility-in-texas-2015-10-15.

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October 26, 2015 at 7:00 am

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Ashley Furniture to create over 450 new jobs

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Ashley Furniture Industries Inc., plans to invest at least $8.7 million at its current manufacturing hub in Davie County, North Carolina. The company plans to create 454 new jobs during the next five years, Area Development reports.

This announcement comes on the heels of Ashley’s initial phase of development where it committed to create 550 jobs and invest $80 million between 2012 and 2015. According to state officials, Ashley exceeded these commitments by creating more than 1,100 jobs and investing more than $250 million into its new state-of-the-art furniture manufacturing and distribution facility as well as related training and development activities in Advance.

Todd Wanek, Ashley’s president/CEO remarked, “We are extremely pleased with the pro-business attitude of the State of North Carolina and the efforts of our entire team. It has been a challenging and fulfilling journey, and we look forward to a very bright future in North Carolina.”

An award from the state’s Job Development Investment Grant program to Ashley will help facilitate its expansion. Approved earlier today by the Economic Investment Committee, the reimbursements may total as much as $4.6 million from 2016 through 2027. Receipt of the award is based on verification by NC Commerce and NC Revenue that the company has met job creation and capital investment requirements. JDIGs reimburse new and expanding companies a portion of the newly created tax-base stemming from the operations with the goal of increasing the overall tax benefit to the State of North Carolina.

“America’s leading furniture manufacturer is again investing in the South’s leading manufacturing state,” said Governor Pat McCrory. “Ashley continues to be an enormously successful company, and we’re proud that it has chosen North Carolina as the place to pursue its ambitious growth plans.”

See the full story here: http://www.areadevelopment.com/newsitems/10-14-2015/ashley-furniture-industries-davie-county-north-carolina672378.shtml.

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October 23, 2015 at 7:00 am

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