La-Z Boy will be expanding a second shift at its Siloam Springs furniture facility. As a result of the expansion, there will be 125 new jobs created.
Total employment at the facility will increase to 545. Before the pandemic, La-Z Boy employed 420 individuals in Siloam Springs.
“Since we restarted production and retailers have reopened, including the La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® stores, we are experiencing strong demand. Adding to our workforce in Siloam Springs will allow us service this demand while leveraging the efficiencies we have created, improve delivery times to our customers and provide them with the service they have come to expect from us,” La-Z-Boy Midwest general manager Daren Davison said in a statement
According to a news release, the expansion was motivated by an “increased demand and reorganization of the company.”
The reorganization may refer to a recent plant closure in Mississippi. In June 2020, La-Z Boy announced that it would be closing a plant located in Newton, Miss. Part of this plant’s production orders were transferred to the Siloam Springs facility.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Arkansas Department of Commerce Mike Preston toured the La-Z Boy plant on Thursday, July 22.
“La-Z-Boy has gained the community’s confidence through its decades-long commitment to Siloam Springs, and I am pleased by its continued investment in the local workforce,” Hutchinson said. “La-Z-Boy’s decision to expand in Benton County is good news for the region and for the state.”