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Furniture manufacturer to expand in Berks, add 200 jobs

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Ashley Furniture Industries Inc. hosted a groundbreaking this morning for a facility expansion of its Ontelaunee Township manufacturing and distribution facility.

The Wisconsin-based furniture manufacturer will add 465,000 square feet to its plant for an e-commerce fulfillment and distribution center, expected to be completed in February.

Ashley Furniture has more than 1,300 employees at its Berks site at 45 Ashley Way off Route 61.

Ron Wanek, founder and chairman of Ashley Furniture Industries, said the company will add another 200 employees with the expansion. The addition will bring its site to a total of 1.7 million square feet.

The company moved to the Berks County site in 2004. Today’s event marked its first expansion in Pennsylvania.

“We’ve been manufacturing here for about 12 years,” Wanek said. “There’s opportunities here; it serves the markets well.”

The expansion will allow the company to store more furniture on site for the region’s customers.

Ashley Furniture Industries is the parent company of Ashley HomeStore, a national furniture retailer.

Wanek said the company has about 700 retail stores and it also exports products from its Berks County location.

Ashley Furniture Industries does business in 123 countries, he added.

York-based Kinsley Construction, which has an office in Wyomissing, will build the addition, he said.

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Brian Pedersen

Brian Pedersen

Reporter Brian Pedersen covers construction, development, warehousing and real estate and keeps you up to date on the changing landscape of our community. He can be reached at brianp@lvb.com or 610-807-9619, ext. 4108. Follow him on Twitter @BrianLehigh and read his blog, “Can You Dig It,” at http://www.lvb.com/section/can-you-dig-it.

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