STATESVILLE – Ashley Furniture Industries, LLC will “permanently discontinue” all operations at the existing furniture facility in Statesville, with 111 workers potentially affected by the change.
The company noted in a required legal notice sent to the North Carolina Department of Commerce that the consolidation of the company would enable “many opportunities” for workers of the Statesville facility to transfer to the Advance, North Carolina, manufacturing facility.
To facilitate the transition, the company’s letter noted that it would provide some form of busing or shuttle transport between November 16, 2022 and January 31, 2023, once the Statesville plant closes down on November 15, 2022.
“While we may transfer employees prior to November 15, 2022, those who do not transfer will remain employed in Statesville through that date,” the letter reads. “We are excited to offer many opportunities for employees to transfer to our Advance facility and how they will continue employment there.”
In total, the letter, sent under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act, notes that 111 workers may be impacted. That includes technician positions, supervisory positions, managerial positions, and administrative positions, among others, according to a list of affected job titles included with the required notice.
Statesville and Advance are about 40 minutes away by vehicle, via Interstate 40.
Layoffs sweeping NC
The North Carolina Department of Commerce reports on these notices, under the WARN Act. As of the end of September 2022, there had been 3,288 North Carolina workers affected by 51 layoff or plant closures disclosed under the WARN Act, according to the report.
Last week, Kepro announced it would lay off workers in North Carolina. Also in September, Pink Energy announced it would lay off 500 workers in North Carolina and filed a notice with the Department of Commerce that indicated it had not given workers advance notice of the layoffs. There’s now an active investigation into the company.
And Coats American disclosed it would lay off 51 workers in Hendersonville. WRAL TechWire reports on layoffs in a weekly report, the WRAL TechWire Layoff Watch, each Tuesday.