Ashley Furniture Industries

Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc. is an American home furnishings manufacturer and retailer, headquartered in Arcadia, Wisconsin. The company is owned by Todd Wanek. Ashley Furniture distributes home furniture products throughout the world. Ashley Furniture Industries sells home furnishings and accessories available through two distribution channels: independent furniture dealers and more than 700 Ashley Furniture HomeStore retail furniture stores, which are independently owned and operated by licensees in the United States, Mexico, Central America, Japan, it has manufacturing and distribution facilities in Wisconsin, California, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Florida and Vietnam. Carlyle Weinberger founded Ashley Furniture in Chicago in 1945 as a sales operation. Specializing in wooden occasional furniture, Ashley marketed goods made by local companies; the company opened a branch in Goshen, Indiana. In 1970, Ashley invested in the Wisconsin-based Arcadia Furniture, founded by Ronald G. Wanek.

When Wanek moved to Arcadia to open his own factory he took with him Chuck. The two began doing production work for Ashley Furniture. Though Arcadia started out as a small production plant for Ashley's lines in 1976, Wanek and group of investors bought out Weinberger, taking control of Ashley Furniture. At first the two companies maintained their separate identities, with Arcadia focusing on production and Ashley on sales. By 1982, the merged company's annual sales reached $12 million and it had moved its corporate headquarters from Chicago to Arcadia. By the mid-1980s, Ashley offered a line of 350 different furniture products, had turned its design and manufacturing away from "heirloom pieces" toward products aimed at middle-income buyers; the company's growing network included wholesalers such as Levitz Furniture and mass-retailers such as Sears and Montgomery Ward, in addition to smaller retailers. Sales had climbed to more than $44 million by 1985. In 1994 Ashley acquired upholstery manufacturer Sklar-Peppler, by the late 1990s the company was operating assembly and distribution plants in Seattle, Washington.

Gambling that motion furniture was a strong growth area, Ashley acquired Gentry Furniture, of Ripley, Mississippi in 1999. That same year the company branched out into retailing, licensing Ashley Furniture HomeStores to independent dealers; the chain grew in its first year to 40 stores. By 2000, Ashley Furniture Industries employed more people in Arcadia than the town's population; the plant in Arcadia had grown from 35,000 square feet in 1970 to 1,500,000 square feet. In 2015, the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration imposed $1.7 million in fines on Ashley due to unsafe working conditions at its Arcadia plant which caused over one thousand injuries to workers. Today the company maintains plants across the United States and operates several factories in Pacific Rim countries such as Vietnam and China, they have sourcing offices in India, Southern China and Taiwan. Ron Wanek is Chairman of the Board and Todd Wanek is President and CEO; the Ashley HomeStore chain of furniture stores is composed of corporate owned stores and independently owned stores with licenses to sell Ashley Furniture products including mattresses and accessories.

There are over 800 Ashley Furniture HomeStore retail furniture stores operating worldwide. Ashley Furniture HomeStore is a retail brand which sells accessories. Ashley Furniture HomeStore CEO is Todd Wanek, who replaced CEO Mark Dufresne in 2017. Ron Wanek designed and built Memorial Park in Arcadia, with donations from Ashley Furniture; the park is dedicated to the soldiers who have served in wars throughout the history of the United States. The walkway in the park serves as a time line, beginning at the founding of the United States and proceeding into the future. A monument is located for each war at its place in time. Best Standing Desk Guide


Ahaura is a town in the West Coast region of New Zealand's South Island, sited where the Ahaura River flows into the Grey River. State Highway 7 and the Stillwater - Westport railway line pass through the town. Greymouth is 34 kilometres to the south-west, Reefton is 44 kilometres to the north-east. According to the 2013 New Zealand census, the Ahaura statistical area, which covers a much larger area than the town, has a population of 372, a decrease of 18 people since the 2006 census. There were 177 females. Figures may not add up to totals. European settlement of the area began with the establishment of a pastoral run near the junction of the Ahaura and Grey Rivers in 1858. At one time the town supported six hotels, two butcheries, a bakery, a blacksmith's shop, a printing office. Awahono School – Grey Valley is a coeducational full primary school with a roll of 70 students as of March 2019; the school was formed at the beginning of 2005 from the merger of Ahaura, Moonlight and Totara Flat schools.

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