Ecru, Miss. (Mississippi Governor’s Office Release) – Ashley Furniture is expanding operations at its stationary upholstery manufacturing and regional distribution center in Ecru. The project is a $25.05-million corporate investment and will create 100 jobs.
“Northeast Mississippi’s furniture industry is a strongeconomic driver throughout the region, employing thousands of Mississippians –many of whom are employed at Ashley Furniture,” Gov. Phil Bryant said.“Ashley has had tremendous success at its Ecru facility, and the additionof 100 more jobs for the area’s skilled workforce will help ensure the companyenjoys many more years of growth and success in Pontotoc County.”
Ashley Furniture’s expansion, the company’s 14th at its Ecrulocation, will involve constructing an additional 403,000 square feet onto itsexisting facility, which is nearly 2 million square feet, to accommodate theexpanded operations and improve services to its regional customers. Thelocation’s current truck shop will be re-established in a new location, whichwill be comprised of a 35,000-square-foot truck maintenance facility.
The Mississippi Development Authority is providingassistance for site preparation and construction. The company also qualifiesfor the Advantage Jobs Rebate program, which provides a cash rebate to eligiblebusinesses that create new jobs that meet or exceed the average annual wage ofthe state or the county in which the company locates.
“From automobiles to ships to furniture, Mississippiansare known for producing exceptional products in demand by consumers around theworld. Our workforce goes the extra mile in craftsmanship, evidenced by AshleyFurniture’s expansion, creating new jobs in its Ecru location,” said MDAExecutive Director Glenn McCullough, Jr. “We salute our partners at ThreeRivers Planning and Development District, the Pontotoc County Board ofSupervisors and the town of Ecru for their teamwork with MDA to bring thisexciting economic development win to our state.”
Ashley Furniture employs a total of 3,290 workers inMississippi, with approximately 2,260 employees at the Ecru location.