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Ashley to close Colton, Calif., bedding, upholstery factories

Ashley Furniture, the nation's largest furniture manufacturer and retailer, said it will close its manufacturing plants in Colton, Calif., in October, shifting production to its other U.S. factories.

The site, which has 840 employees, produces upholstered furniture and bedding.

The company said employees were notified Friday, in accordance with the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN), that the facilities will close Oct. 25.

"By shifting the majority of Colton production to other U.S. facilities we will create more efficiency and better use of existing capacity in our manufacturing network," Ashley said in a statement. "We thank our employees for all their hard work, but closing these plants and rebalancing our manufacturing mix strengthens production capability and cost structure and will help ensure Ashley’s continued ability to compete effectively long-term in the global marketplace from a U.S. base.”

Employees at the Ashley distribution centers in Colton and Redlands, Calif., where employment has grown in recent years, are not affected by this announcement, the company said.

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