Ashley Opens Wisconsin Upholstery Plant

Ashley management and staff, along with members of the Chippewa Falls business community and general public, attended the factory ribbon cutting.

By Alan Wolf, YSN

Ashley Furniture Industries cut the ribbon this month on its newest manufacturing facility.

The new upholstery furniture plant, located in Chippewa Falls, Wis., represents a multi-million-dollar investment and expands the company’s national network of 12 core production facilities serving the U.S. market.

The 127,000-square-foot Chippewa Falls factory will work in coordination with Ashley’s advanced manufacturing and distribution complex located 60 miles away at company headquarters in Arcadia, the vendor said. Ashley is also investing millions to update the Arcadia facility and cover machinery and equipment costs.

The ribbon cutting was attended by Ashley management and staff, along with members of the Chippewa Falls business community and general public.

“This history, specifically the manufacturing history, of Chippewa Falls, makes this location a natural fit for the growth of Ashley Furniture,” said founder and chairman Ron Wanek. “We are excited for the future of Ashley Furniture and the future of Ashley in Chippewa Falls.”

The new plant is Ashley’s second major U.S. production expansion in five months, following the launch of a Pottsville, Pa., plant in February. The buildout is part of a $1 billion investment in manufacturing, distribution and labor through next year with the goal of achieving a 95-percent level of in-stocks and ready-to-ship inventory, said CEO Todd Wanek.