CHIPPEWA FALLS, WI, June 2, 2021 – The Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation’s [CCEDC] mission is to help existing businesses expand and to find new markets while promoting Chippewa County as a place for new investment and economic growth. The CCEDC is proud to welcome Ashley Furniture as the newest corporate citizen within the city of Chippewa Falls. The CCEDC team worked with Ashley Furniture to help identify their next manufacturing location. Ashley Furniture purchased the former Spectrum Industries building on 925 First Avenue in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. The 127,000 square foot facility will serve as an Ashley upholstery furniture manufacturing site. This new Chippewa Falls location will work in coordination with Ashley’s Arcadia facility and become a part of their supply chain.
“The high demand for furniture has led us to increase our manufacturing operations which supports brick-and-mortar retail, as well as our e-commerce growth. We couldn’t be more thrilled to join the Chippewa Falls community; with a rich history and many other Wisconsin-based businesses in the surrounding area, we feel right at home,” said Todd Wanek, President and CEO, Ashley Furniture Industries.
Cole Bawek, Ashley Furniture’s Director of Public Relations, said the Arcadia-based company chose Chippewa Falls because of its rich manufacturing history and ability to tap into a new labor market. “We do business in a worldwide market and this new location in Chippewa Falls is going to be able to complement our Arcadia manufacturing, distribution operations to better serve our communities and to better serve our customers worldwide,” he said.
CCEDC recently organized an outdoor job fair in May, where Ashley Furniture began the process of recruiting and identifying talent for the Chippewa Falls facility as well as for their Arcadia location. Production at the Chippewa Falls facility is anticipated to begin in June and the new manufacturing facility is expected to hire up to 200 employees.
“Ashley Furniture is a global manufacturing powerhouse and we are excited to welcome them to Chippewa Falls. This expansion came at the perfect time for the community, as the economy is reopening and people are anxious to get back to work. Also, Spectrum Industries has an available building due to their expansion across town into the former Pactiv building on River Street.” said Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation President and CEO Charlie Walker.