Ashley Furniture to build new Ohio facility

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKBT) — Ashley Furniture, headquartered in Arcadia, Wis., announced Monday plans to build a new facility in a Columbus, Ohio, suburb.

The $70 million facility in Etna, Ohio, would create 300 new jobs, according to the company, and serve as a regional distribution hub to expand the company’s national network.

The new 1 million-square-foot warehouse will serve a variety of needs, including global e-commerce fulfillment and store shipments..

“This is a major move to expand our warehouse capacity to support brick-and-mortar retail operations, as well as our e-commerce growth,” said Todd Wanek, president and CEO of Ashley Furniture Industries. “Providing access to nearly 50% of the U.S. population within a day’s drive, Etna’s location in Central Ohio is a strategic choice for Ashley. Our operations here will allow us to greatly expand our network and better serve customers across the country.”

Established in 1945, Ashley designs, manufactures and distributes home furnishings through retail, e-commerce and wholesale markets. The company sells furniture in more than 20,000 storefronts in 155 countries around the globe.

“This is an extremely impactful project for our community, and we are thrilled to welcome Ashley to Etna,” said John Carlisle, president of the Etna Township Board of Trustees. “Ashley’s confidence and long-term investment is a testament to the growing distribution and logistics cluster in the Columbus Region. Our robust workforce will also provide support as the company seeks to hire 300 new employees, becoming a significant new employer in the community.”