La-Z-Boy consolidating operations, some being sent to Mexico.

Monroe, Michigan La-Z-Boy, the iconic furniture manufacturer best known for its recliners, has announced additional consolidation and restructuring plans to “strengthen its supply chain manufacturing footprint. The company will close its 200,000 square-foot upholstery manufacturing facility in Redlands, California and transition operations to the company’s other facilities. It is anticipated that 350 people will be laid off following the cessation of production in October 2019. The building will be place on the market after it is vacated.

The company also plans to Layoff approximately 105 employees in its leather cut-and-sew operation located in Newton, Mississippi with the move commencing in October and completed by the end of 2019. The company plans to move some of its Newton operations to another La-Z-Boy facility believed to be located in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico.

According to La-Z-Boy Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Kurt L. Darrow, We regret the impact these actions will have on those employees affected and will provide outplacement assistance during the transition period. We greatly appreciate the contribution of each employee and thank them for their years of dedicated service. However, after an in-depth review of our supply chain, due to ongoing productivity improvements, we determined these moves will further optimize our operations and strengthen our competitive positioning in the marketplace. We are committed to ensuring our dealers and their customers continue to receive excellent service, quick and on-time deliveries, and consistent freight costs as we move production to our other facilities. With 3.7 million square feet of North American manufacturing space for the La-Z-Boy branded product and about 5,000 employees in those facilities, we have the capacity to not only service existing business but expand our volume as we execute various growth strategies.”

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