Why do more people buy
Ashley than any other single
furniture brand?

Because at Ashley Furniture
Industries, we know it takes
more than just the ability to
make good furniture to become
the #1 selling brand of home
furniture in North America.

Arcadia Furniture - Ron Wanek with 35
employees opens his first manufacturing
facility in Arcadia, WI.
Back then, company specialized in occasional
tables in it's 35,000 sq ft building.

52 acres under roof on a 175 acre site.
This is the largest Case Goods facility in the US.
Arcadia, WI
We Want To Be The Best Furniture Company:

Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc. is the largest manufacturer of furniture in the world. Established in 1945, Ashley offers one of the industry’s broadest product assortments to retail partners in 123 countries. From design, through fulfillment, Ashley continuously strives to provide you, our customer, with the best values, selection and service in the furniture industry.

Ashley Announces Growth Plan for its Arcadia and Whitehall Facilities
  • Ashley is not reducing its Wisconsin work force, in fact it is trying to find ways to increase Wisconsin jobs.
  • Ashley used a very conservative job protection number in the proposal to WEDC to protect the company against future unexpected economic downturns.
  • Ashley has added 425 Wisconsin jobs since January, 2012.
  • Ashley has opportunities for people to work in its Wisconsin operations and is looking for employees.
  • Ashley is growing.
    • In 2014, Ashley expects to grow its business by 7%.
    • Ashley is working on an expansion of its Whitehall facility. This will be the second expansion in two (2) years.
    • The Whitehall expansion will allow Ashley to move into a new product category for the Wisconsin operations: mattress manufacturing. This will add stability to Ashley’s workforce.
    • Ashley has refurbished a new facility in Independence, Wisconsin for low melt fiber production and this operation will begin in October, 2014.
    • Ashley has invested millions of dollars into new manufacturing and warehousing equipment in its Wisconsin operations.
    • Ashley continues to grow its IT infrastructure and is launching web sales in 2015. This expansion will create new high tech and customer service jobs.
    • This growth and investments will add more Wisconsin jobs.
  • Ashley provides health care insurance, retirement plans, a fully staffed medical facility and offers availability of prescription drugs free of charge to its employees.
  • Ashley’s pay system involves both base rates and incentives, the incentives and base rates have to be added together to arrive at the actual wage rate. The “ACTUAL” average wage for Ashley’s direct labor employees is over $16 per hour.
  • All money Ashley receives from the proposed WEDC incentives will be fully donated to the City of Arcadia to make its flood control project possible. The flood control project will benefit all business owners and residents that are located in lower Arcadia.
While Ashley Furniture is committed to Wisconsin, public flood control projects are the responsibility of government, not private individuals or businesses. Nonetheless, Ashley, acting as a good Samaritan, has been willing to guarantee investing a minimum of $34,900,000 so the City of Arcadia can receive the money required to complete the City of Arcadia’s flood control project.

How will this be done?
  • The Myers Valley Creek Flood Control Project- related costs are estimated, based on information provided to Ashley, to be over six million dollars ($6,000,000).
  • The City of Arcadia does not have six million dollars ($6,000,000). In fact, its borrowing capacity is limited to approximately two million dollars ($2,000,000) and the city needs to reserve these funds for emergencies.
  • Ashley, at the City of Arcadia’s request, applied to the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation for the money required for the City’s flood control project.
  • Ashley has committed to the city that it will donate 100% of all funds it receives from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation as a result of its recent incentive application to the City of Arcadia for its Myers Valley Creek Flood Control Project.
What does the Myers Valley Creek flood control project do?
  • It will allow the City of Arcadia and the State of Wisconsin to protect Wisconsin jobs and create the opportunities for more jobs. It is unreasonable to expect Ashley to continue to invest and create additional jobs in a high flood risk area. Criticizing Ashley for not taking unacceptable risks is absurd. We need to grow Wisconsin jobs and not place them in jeopardy.
Is money from the State of Wisconsin or the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation free?
  • Absolutely not, these incentives have to be earned. Most of them are tax incentives. What do tax incentives require? It is simple: grow your business and pay more taxes. If you do both, the state refunds a part of your tax payments back to you. When you then donate this money for a public purpose, this should be applauded and not criticized for a political purpose.

‘The Beach Boys’ and ‘Ingrid Michaelson’ headline Ashley for the Arts
April 16, 2014
ARCADIA, Wis. – Ashley for the Arts ( announced today that ‘The Beach Boys’ will headline its annual music and art festival on Friday, August 8th. The iconic band – with the world’s favorite soundtrack to summer - continues to hold Billboard / Nielsen SoundScan’s record as the top-selling American band for albums and singles, and the most Billboard Top 40 chart hits (36).

Ingrid Michaelson will headline the festival on Saturday, August 9th. Since her debut in 2005, she has vaulted from overachieving indie-pop sweetheart to a bona-fide pop star with numerous resounding songwriting achievements, including her platinum break-out single, “The Way I Am”. Michaelson released her fifth studio album "Lights Out" on April 15th. “Lights Out” is anchored by the swelling pop-affirmation "Time Machine" and the sweetly buoyant "Girls Chase Boys." Her last album release, "Human Again," debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard album chart (plus No.1 on iTunes).

Incredibly, the cost of admission for the two-day charity event will remain just five dollars.

Ashley for the Arts will also feature musical performances by Cloud Cult, on the heels of its full length live acoustic album "Unplug" released on April 15th; Country newcomer American Young; Midwest festival favorite Johnny Holm Band, six-time Grammy Nominee “John McCutcheon”, Latin Grammy Nominee “Alacranes Musical”, The Memories, The Riverbenders, Big River Radio Wave, Anna Johnson Band, Roamin’ California, Russell Lachney Band, The Mondays, Chicos Kumbia and Herederos de Oaxaca.

The Beach Boys are led by founding Beach Boy Mike Love (lead vocals) and Bruce Johnston (vocals/keyboards), who are joined by Christian Love (guitar/vocals), Randell Kirsch (bass/vocals), Tim Bonhomme (keyboards/vocals), John Cowsill (percussion /vocals) and Scott Totten (guitar/vocals). Love’s role as the band’s front man sometimes overshadows his stature as one of rock’s foremost songwriters. “Surfin’,” The Beach Boys’ first hit came from his pen. With his cousin, Brian Wilson, Love wrote the classics “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “I Get Around,” “Help Me Rhonda,” “California Girls” and the Grammy nominated “Good Vibrations.” Years later, he showed he still had the lyrical chops by co-writing the irresistible and chart-topping “Kokomo.” The Beach Boys were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.

Music performances will also be provided by local schools, including Arcadia, Whitehall, G-E-T, Blair-Taylor, and Independence. For their participation, each school receives a donation. Louis Ferguson, superintendent of Arcadia’s School District, explained, “Ashley is a special company and this is an extraordinary event.”

Friday night will once again feature a 5K run/walk called, “Pursuit of a Cure” – benefitting the American Cancer Society and local organizations that provide financial assistance to patients who struggle to pay for cancer treatments.

Ashley for the Arts also acts as a fundraiser for an all-volunteer non-profit organization called, “Ashley’s Angels”. Ashley’s Angels provides food, clothing, blankets, and special gift requests to children in need at Christmas.

The event also serves as a fundraising platform for Communities Off n’ Funning, a Trempealeau-based organization that was established to help communities get active. Due to popular demand, Communities Off n’ Funning will once again be organizing a children’s obstacle course as part of this year’s event.

On top of that, the Arcadia Lions and Lioness Clubs serve food for fundraising purposes.

Although Ashley for the Arts was conceptualized and established by Ashley owners Todd and Ron Wanek, several other companies, including GNP (Gold’n Plump) and Pehler Trucking, were enamored by the initiative and offered to become major sponsors to help pay for the event.

The level of interest in sponsoring and volunteering for the event prompted the Waneks’ decision to convert Ashley for the Arts from an Ashley initiative into an official non-profit organization. Even as Ashley for the Arts takes on a life of its own, the Waneks vow to remain generous supporters of the organization and the event that bears their company’s name. Todd Wanek said, “I’m humbled by the amount of interest in this initiative and am extremely pleased to see that it is being embraced by our communities and schools. I’m also proud of the work of the volunteers involved in this event. They do a world of good.”

Among his many philanthropic contributions, Ron Wanek, Ashley’s founder and chairman, is the lead benefactor of Memorial Park (, which serves as the backdrop for the event. The 54-acre park features Soldier’s Walk, widely recognized as one of the country’s premier war memorials. Two miles of walkways link different areas of the park, including all event attractions, and food and beverage booths. Featured pieces of local art and history decorate the walkways, showcasing some of the region’s most talented and heroic contributors.

‘Alacranes Musical’ to perform at Ashley for the Arts
April 16, 2014
ARCADIA, Wis. – Ashley for the Arts ( announced today that Alacranes Musical, Chicos Kumbia and Herederos de Oaxaca will all be performing at this year’s event.

Mexican-American band ‘Alacranes Musical’ will be performing on Saturday, August 9th on the stage of the Millennium Amphitheater at 11:30am following a performance by Chicos Kumbia. Alacranes Musical is from the Aurora suburb of Chicago, Illinois and specializes in duranguense music.

The band has released several albums since its formation in November 1999, and in 2007 was nominated for a Latin Grammy for their album, Ahora Y Siempre. Their hits "Si Yo Fuera Tu Amor" and "Por Tu Amor" reached #2 and #4, respectively, on Billboard's Latin Regional Mexican Airplay chart. Recently, their new single "Por Amarte Así," a cover of Cristian Castro's song, has topped the Billboard Charts at number one for several weeks in a row.

According to Billboard, "Por Amarte Así" has also been the number one downloaded ringtone. "Por Amarte Asi" was featured in an episode of a Mexican telenovela, "Al Diablo Con Los Guapos."

Alacranes Musical was nominated for the 51st American Grammys in the category Best Banda Album for their song, "Tu Inspiracion".

Ashley Furniture Industries growing in Advance
April 06, 2014
ADVANCE — Ron Wanek rode on an all-terrain vehicle through what seemed like miles of warehouses and new construction. It looked like something between a military base and a farm.

As 80,000 people trudge through the shiny showrooms and exhausting glamour of a big convention at the High Point Market 35 miles away, Wanek is building an $80 million piece of the furniture business.

The company will finish this year a 1 million-square-foot expansion at the manufacturing and distribution site it owns here in Davie County. Click here to learn more.

San Antonio Ashley HomeStore and Spurs help kids
April 06, 2014
On March 25, San Antonio Spurs forward Matt Bonner, the Coyote and Silver Dancers greeted 50 San Antonio-area children and their families for a once-in-a-lifetime Pajama Party.

Smiles and giggles filled the AT&T Center.

Hosted by Ashley Furniture HomeStore Hill Country Holdings, the special evening was a part of A Hope to Dream initiative that included food and beverages for guests, games and special toy prizes for children. A Hope to Dream is a charitable program founded in 2010 by Ashley Furniture HomeStore, and seeks to provide less fortunate children with a good bed. Click here to learn more.

Ashley HomeStore Owner Tom Olinde wins NAHFA Retailer of Year award
April 04, 2014
ROSEVILLE, Calif. — Tom Olinde of Olinde’s Furniture and Dave Harkness of Harkness Furniture have won the North American Home Furnishings Assn.’s 2014 Retailer of the Year awards.

The awards celebrate the outstanding achievements and progressive leadership of the nation’s home furnishings retailers, the association said.

Olinde, of Baton Rouge, La.-based Olinde’s, won the honor in the category of businesses with annual sales of $10 million or more. Olinde’s “has been a southern Louisiana mainstay since 1886,” NAHFA said, noting that the retailer today operates 12 furniture and bedding stores, including two large full-line Olinde’s stores, two bedding superstores and eight Ashley Furniture HomeStores. Click here to learn more.

American Furniture Hall of Fame elects officers and board members including AFI President and CEO Todd Wanek
April 01, 2014
HIGH POINT — The American Furniture Hall of Fame Foundation has elected new officers and board members and appointed new members to its Hall of Fame Legacy Board.

Star Furniture’s William D. Kimbrell is the new board president while Michael Amini, AICO/Amini Innovation Corp., is first vice president; Roger D. Friesen, Casana Furniture, second vice president; and Bill Markowitz, The Veneman Group, secretary-treasurer. George Cartledge III, Grand Home Furnishings, will continue to serve on the executive committee as board chairman. Click here to learn more.

Dufresne Spencer Group adds 2 Ashley HomeStores
April 01, 2014
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Dufresne Spencer Group continued its aggressive expansion with the acquisition of two additional Ashley Furniture HomeStores in Cookeville, Tenn., and Lexington, Ky.

The Top 100 company acquired the 43,000-square-foot Lexington store on Bryant Road and the nearly 31,000-square-foot Cookeville store on West Jackson Street from Sergent Enterprises of Cookeville. The deal included a 36,000-square-foot warehouse in Lexington and a 12,000-square-foot warehouse in Cookeville.

The companies did not disclose the purchase price.

With the acquisition, Memphis, Tenn.-based DSG now operates 38 stores primarily in the South — 33 HomeStores, including three outlets; three multi-line Stash stores; and two independent brand stores acquired through acquisitions last year, Richmond Furniture Outlet in Richmond, Ky., and Phillips Furniture in Kirkwood, Mo. Click here to learn more.

Hope to Dream partners with Spurs player to give beds to children in need
March 30, 2014
SAN ANTONIO -- A pajama party with the Spurs? Local kids weren't dreaming when they were surprised with a pajama party with the players.

Spurs forward Matt Bonner helped make kid's dreams come true, literally, by helping them score a free bed so they can rest and dream big.

Ruby Frazier, 8, can now get the quality sleep she needs to scores well in school.

"I think it's very squishy and soft," Ruby said. "And I really like the pillows."

She was one of 50 children who were surprised with a brand new bed.

"It looks pretty cool! When I saw it my face was like," as she smiled brightly.

Ruby and the rest of the gang enjoyed a pajama party with Spurs forward Matt Bonner. That was a slam dunk for the tiny fan.

"They have lots of good players," she said.

"It's awesome to be a part of this program 'Hope to Dream," said Bonner.

The Spurs teamed up with the charity "Hope to Dream" to give away beds to needy children. Ashley Furniture HomeStore raised the money. For every mattress sold, $5 was donated to provide the mattress sets.

"Many of them never had a bed of their own before," said Jennifer Casanova, a spokeswoman for Ashley Furniture HomeStore.

She said a good night's rest can make a big difference for their future.

"Without good sleep they can't function and focus," she said.

Last year alone A Hope to Dream and Hill Country Holdings delivered more than 1,000 beds to needy children in the local communities. Click here to learn more.

Speak Your Mind–Christine Hoechsmann, AFHS co-owner
March 27, 2014
Christine Hoechsmann, co-owner of The Bedroom Furniture Galleries, and Ashley Furniture Homestore is a strong Cranbrook business leader and represents Ashley Furniture Homestore as a Platinum Sponsor for the upcoming Speak Your Mind, The 2014 Kootenay Women’s Show. Q: Tell me a little about your business and your role in it.

A: The Bedroom Furniture Galleries has been around since 1977 and was started by my husband’s parents. My husband and I have been working in the business for over 10 years and are honored to take over the family business. I work in the office doing commercial projects, accounting, buying and pretty much anything that requires attention at that particular moment! Click here to learn more.

Ashley Furniture HomeStore to open in Visalia
March 23, 2014
Ashley Furniture announced plans to open a store in Visalia — its third showroom in the greater San Joaquin Valley.

Store licensee and owner Sam Tran, who also owns the Ashley Furniture HomeStore in Bakersfield, said he anticipates opening the new location this summer.

The store will occupy a 45,000-square-foot building at 3850 S. Mooney Blvd., near the Burlington Coat Factory and Walmart stores in the Sequoia Plaza shopping center at the southeast corner of Mooney and Caldwell avenues. Click here to learn more.

Ashley Furniture Industries hopes to finish Davie plant expansion in October
March 20, 2014
Ashley Furniture Industries Inc. expects to complete the expansion of its Davie County manufacturing and distribution center in October, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.

The company broke ground in April 2013on a more than 1-million-square-foot expansion to add space for distribution. The expansion adds to Ashley’s existing 1.7 million-square-foot facility -- which used to be R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. warehouses -- that opened in November.

Ashley officials had expected the project would be completed within the year.

But a rainy summer, the discovery of four acres of wetlands and costs associated with adhering to new state building codes have led to delays that the company has previously estimated added $40 million to the initial $80 million price tag.

The plant has about 300 fulltime workers and plans to hire about 200 more by the end of the year, according to the Journal. Employment at the facility is expected to eventually reach 1,000. Click here to learn more.

Ashley Furniture Industries expects N.C. distribution center to be in business in October
March 19, 2014
ADVANCE, N.C. — Ashley Furniture Chairman Ron Wanek updated local leaders on construction of a planned 1.1 million-square-foot distribution center here, saying it’s now expecting to be up and running in October, the Winston-Salem Journal reported.

Ashley broke ground in spring 2013 on the facility, which has been plagued by delays, primarily from poor weather and the discovery of wetlands on the property. Previously the completion date was pushed back to the middle of this year.

The Journal also noted that the equipment for the new distribution center will be installed beginning in April, and when the facility is completed, manufacturing lines will moved into areas of existing buildings here that the company currently is using for distribution operations.

Ashley has some manufacturing operations, primarily upholstery, already running in existing space, and expects to add case goods production in September, Wanek told the paper. Click here to learn more.

Courts and Ashley Furniture bring “unique choices” to the island
March 19th, 2014
People looking to furnish their new home or upgrade their living rooms can explore their purchase options with the advent of a new line of furniture at Courts Castries branch on Chausee Road.

The furniture giant launched the Ashley brand of furniture at a cocktail ceremony on Tuesday March, 18 at its location on Chaussee Road.

The partnership between Courts and Ashley Furniture Industries Limited is part of the company’s goal to provide quality, class and style home furnishing and appliances to St Lucia.

Ashley Furniture is considered the number one retailer of home furnishing and accessories in the United States. The partners regard this as a significant step towards providing a variety of options of home furnishing for local customers here. Click here to learn more.

Ashley Furniture Industries officials eye October for new plant
March 18, 2014
ADVANCE — Officials with Ashley Furniture Industries told area government and business leaders recently that they expect the company’s new 1.1-million-square foot distribution center to be ready in October.

The much-ballyhooed project, seen by many in Davie County as a catalyst for future growth, has been beset by a series of problems, including the discovery of wetlands that required mitigation and an abundance of rain in the summer and snow and ice in the winter that made a mockery of the construction schedule. Click here to learn more.

Ashley Furniture Homestore opens new locations in New York, Texas
March 17, 2014
Albany, N.Y. – Ashley Furniture Homestore will open a new 25,000-sq.-ft. store here at 1221 N. Westover Blvd. The Albany Herald reports the store is expected to open sometime this spring. Ashley Furniture Homestore’s home accent offerings include accent furniture, rugs, lighting, soft goods, wall décor and decorative accessories. Ashley Furniture Homestore will also open a 15,000-sq.-ft. outlet store in March in Victoria, Texas. According to the Victoria Advocate, the outlet store will feature “discontinued, one-of-a-kind items, mismatched and floor models offered at clearance prices.” Click here to learn more.

Ashley Furniture HomeStore presents VFN with $3,000 check from fundraising event
March 12, 2014
Vermont Family Network (VFN) was recently presented with a check for $3,000 by the Ashley Furniture HomeStore in Williston, Vt. The store raised money during a special sale that was offered in December. During the five-day event, five percent of all sales were donated to the non-profit organization to support its work with children and families.

“We are extremely grateful to the Ashley Furniture HomeStore for their generous support of our organization,” said Jeff Morton, Director of Development and Marketing at Vermont Family Network. “We were thrilled to partner with Ashley Furniture for the third year in a row for this special fundraising event and are excited about how much their contribution will help us support children and families.” Click here to learn more.

Owensboro Chamber Welcomes Ashley Furniture
March 12, 2014
OWENSBORO, Ky. (3/12/14) – A family business that’s been in Evansville, Ind., for almost 40 years celebrated the expansion of its business into Owensboro on Tuesday with a Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting.

Ashley Furniture’s newest location off Ky. Hwy. 54 opened a week ago after about a year of construction and closer to four years in developing all the details.

Tim Bosler and Adam Bosler greeted customers who came to show support for the new store location. They said they didn’t know when their family started working on the idea of opening an Owensboro location that it would take as long as it did.

Tim Bosler said they had looked at several different properties before settling Click here to learn more.

Ashley Furniture HomeStore donates to Salvation Army
Mar 10, 2014 5:55
TYLER, TX (KLTV) -An East Texas furniture store donated 50 extra-long mattresses to the Salvation Army to do with what they will. Ashley Furniture donated a portion of their sales to pay for the mattresses, which will be sold to raise money for the Salvation Army's work in the community.

These are not your normal mattresses; these are TempurPedic mattresses, which is a high-end brand. Click here to learn more.

Ashley Furniture HomeStore coming to Cedar Rapids
March 07, 2014
A Sioux Falls, S.D., furniture retailer will be opening a 55,000-square-foot Ashley Furniture HomeStore this summer in the former Target store across from Westdale Mall in southwest Cedar Rapids.

Lindsey Moulton, executive and project assistant at Furniture Mart USA, said Olmstead Construction of Cedar Rapids is remodeling the exterior of the building at 3750 Williams Blvd. SW. Moulton said Ashley Sleep, a bedding store, will open in space next to the furniture store. Click here to learn more.

Ashley Sleep adds Sierra Sleep line for independent retailers
March 06, 2014
ARCADIA, Wis. — There’s a new “S” brand on the bedding stage. And it’s brought to you by the “A” brand: Ashley Furniture Inds.

SierraSleep is the name of the new mattress line successfully launched by Ashley at the Las Vegas Market earlier this year, and which will make its High Point debut at the spring market there.

And there is a new leader of the Ashley bedding program: Ashley veteran Brad Rogers. He’s the senior vice president of the Ashley Sleep/Sierra Sleep division. Click here to learn more.

Ashley Furniture Homestores opens its doors in Green Brook
March 06, 2014
Furniture sales have returned to the site of the former Martin's Furniture on Route 22 with the opening of an Ashley Furniture Homestore.

The new store, which opened on Feb. 24., joins 13 other Ashley Furniture Homestores in the state.

The Route 22 location is owned by Will Schafer of East Brunswick, who now operates six Ashley stores in Central Jersey. Schafer's other stores are in Freehold Township, North Brunswick, Linden, Eatontown and Woodbridge. All are Ashley Furniture Homestores, with the exception of Woodbridge, an outlet location. ... Click here to learn more.

Ashley Furniture HomeStore opens 500th location
March 06, 2014
From Chain Store Age, we find out that Ashley Furniture, the world’s largest furniture manufacturer and supplier, is expanding its massive retail presence:

Ashley Furniture HomeStore, the largest furniture retailer in the U.S., celebrated the opening of its 500th store in Longview, Texas, on Feb. 21. It is the chain’s 48th store in the Lone Star state.

The company, whose sales exceeded $3 billion in 2013, has 50 additional HomeStore openings on tap in 2014.

“When the first HomeStore opened in 1997 (in Anchorage, Alaska), we were confident that this business model would be capable of providing complete home furniture solutions that would meet or exceed consumer expectations in price, delivery and service,” said Todd Wanek, president and CEO of Ashley and Ashley Furniture HomeStore. Click here to learn more.

Ashley Furniture HomeStore Jacksonville & Jaguars bring gift of relaxation
March 04, 2014
Three First Coast charities received the gift of relaxation with the donation of power recliners from the Ashley Furniture HomeStore Jacksonville team and the Jacksonville Jaguars. Assisted by the strength and goodwill of NFL Jaguars’ cornerback, Will Blackmon, the recliners were delivered to their new homes on February 26. The Jaguars’ “ROAR” cheerleaders were also on hand to cheer on the delivery teams and the donation’s recipients. Blackmon has a history of community service with the Jaguars and says, “It is important to me to help out whenever and however I can. It feels great to be a part of something like this.” Ashley Furniture HomeStore CEO and Managing Member Howard Fineman echoed Blackmon’s sentiments saying, “The Jacksonville community has always supported Ashley Furniture HomeStores, and we are very thankful for the opportunity to give back to our community.” Click here to learn more.

Ashley Furniture and the Jacksonville Jaguars deliver 17 Recliners
February 26, 2014
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --- Three Jacksonville organizations get a special delivery in the form of recliners, from one special NFL star.

Jaguars cornerback, Will Blackmon, along with Ashley Furniture, donated 17 recliners to the Sulzbacher Center, Wounded Warrior Project and the Daniel Kids Foundation.

The chairs were used at EverBank Field for the Jaguars Fan cave. Wednesday, they found permanent homes with Jacksonville organizations.

Blackmon said moments like this inspire him to give back to the community. "It's fun! I enjoy making people smile [and making] people laugh. Whether it's my family or the family of someone else."

Wounded warriors like Andrew Coughlan, who was injured seven years ago in Iraq, get to take the recliners home. He said relaxation is especially key for veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. "It can be as simple as a chair. It can give our warriors the relief they need."

Ashley Furniture opens 500th store; 50 more due in 2014
FEBRUARY 25, 2014
Arcadia, Wis. -- Ashley Furniture HomeStore, the largest furniture retailer in the U.S., celebrated the opening of its 500th store in Longview, Texas, on Feb. 21. It is the chain’s 48th store in the Lone Star state. The company, whose sales exceeded $3 billion in 2013, has 50 additional HomeStore openings on tap in 2014. "When the first HomeStore opened in 1997 (in Anchorage, Alaska), we were confident that this business model would be capable of providing complete home furniture solutions that would meet or exceed consumer expectations in price, delivery and service," said Todd Wanek, president and CEO of Ashley and Ashley Furniture HomeStore. "It is with a tenacity to never stop innovating that our teams – from the local level to our corporate headquarters – have propelled our growth throughout the last two decades, and with the latest improvements to our operations and customer fulfillment systems, I'm confident that this trend will continue into the future." Click here to learn more.

Ashley Furniture HomeStore reaches 500-store milestone
February 25, 2014
LONGVIEW, Texas — Ashley Furniture HomeStores celebrated its 500th store with a grand opening here Feb. 21.

The Dufresne Spencer Group is the owner and operator of the store, which is the company's 28th Ashley Furniture HomeStore location in nine states. The new store shares a warehouse with the company's store in Tyler, Texas.

"The expansion into the Longview area is a testament to the growth and success of the people of this community," said Chad Spencer, president of the Dufresne Spencer Group. Click here to learn more.

Site plan approved for New Hampshire Ashley HomeStore
February 20, 2014
SALEM, N.H. — After clearing up some issues regarding signs and parking, the Planning Board has approved a site plan that will allow the construction of a 24,000-square-foot furniture store on Kelly Road.

The owner of the Ashley Furniture store on Kelly Road is looking to open the new store as a place to sell high-quality, mainly American-made furniture. Ashley Furniture itself is only allowed to sell Ashley furniture products. Click here to learn more.

Victoria HomeStore helps big family sleep easier
February 19, 2014
CUERO - Friends and family interested in Regina and Culberson Campbell's family need to pull up a chair and stay awhile.

In November, the couple added three great-grandchildren to their crew of three adopted daughters who still live at home.

Regina Campbell, 60, found makeshift beds for the children, ages 6, 4 and 2, until Eula Mathis, her friend of more than 30 years, made an important phone call.

Mathis called Ashley Furniture HomeStore to nominate Campbell for the "A Hope to Dream" bed giveaway after she saw a television commercial advertising the program. Lena Evans, Campbell's Cuero school district co-worker, then nominated her online. Click here to learn more.

Ashley Furniture to open in Longview
February 16, 2014
Ashley Furniture HomeStore is to open Friday morning at 1200 W. Loop 281, where Southside Furniture on Demand was located until its closing in October.

Memphis, Tenn., Dufresne Spencer Group is the licensee that will operate the store, along with a Tyler store it opened about 2 years ago. The approximately 30,000-square-foot store in Longview has seen some renovations in preparation for the opening.

“We’ve really been on a growth path,” said Dufresne Spencer President Chad Spencer. The company is about 10 years old, and the Longview store will be its 28th Ashley location. Click here to learn more.

Ashley Furniture HomeStore (Jacksonville, Florida) Announces Additional Efforts to Help Finish Breast Cancer
February 13th 2014
Ashley Furniture HomeStores, official sponsor of the only national marathon to end breast cancer; the 26.2 with Donna, announces a unique way for the public to help and enter to win a shopping spree! Entrants don’t need to bring sneakers; just a smile to any one of the Ashley Furniture HomeStore locations in Jacksonville, Florida. Once entrants arrive at the store dressed with a touch of 26.2 “Donna” pink, they will locate a cozy spot, take a “Selfie,” post it, and be automatically entered for a chance to win a $2,620.00 Sleep Shopping Spree! Click here to learn more.

Ashley Furniture HomeStores- Jacksonville donate to local USO
Wednesday, February 12th 2014
Jacksonville, Fla.- The Greater Jacksonville USO held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the grand re-opening of its service office to Jacksonville’s military troops and their families. This past Thursday, February 3, 2014, the local USO office at Naval Air Station Jacksonville unveiled a brand new environment that offers area servicemen and women a place to both relax and take advantage of free USO provided services. Ashley Furniture HomeStores-Jacksonville donated all new furnishings to the Greater Jacksonville USO to show the company’s support for members of the armed services and their families. The new furnishings provide local military personnel with a comfortable environment to use free services such as notary publics, internet, and deployment support. Ashley Furniture HomeStores-Jacksonville Marketing Director Tori Benjamin says the local stores have enjoyed the privilege of supporting military families through the USO for five years. Click here to learn more.

Ashley Furniture HomeStore to open in Bozeman
February 11, 2014
BOZEMAN, Mont.- The old Safeway building on the corner of West Main Street and North Ninth Avenue should see its first tenants this spring since the grocer moved to its current location.

Both the Boot Barn and Ashley Furniture HomeStore are signed to a lease, said Doug Henzlik, owner of Henzlik-Oliver Real Estate Companies, which is developing the property. The businesses are expected to open in late spring. Click here to learn more.

Ashley Furniture HomeStore sends goods to Belizean orphanage
February 07, 2014
VICTORIA, Texas- Traci and James Kral sat in front of the family computer and clicked on their email inbox. Hours earlier, the Victoria pair distributed multiple requests to Christian-based organizations with ties to Belize. Their email explained the family's desire to travel to Belize on a mission - volunteering for Belizean children however needed.

"We didn't hear back from anyone for weeks, and it forced us to go through this self-examination about what our real motives were in taking this trip. When no one responded, we thought maybe God was telling us that he didn't want this for us," Traci Kral, 38, said. Click here to learn more.

"A Hope to Dream" Kicks Off the New Year With Bed Deliveries to Three Families
February 04, 2014
On Thursday night, January 30, 2014, five children from three local families enjoyed their first great night’s sleep in their own beds! Ashley Furniture HomeStore-Jacksonville provided the beds to these children through the “A Hope to Dream” program. The deliveries to these local families kicked off the 2014 “A Hope to Dream” initiative in Jacksonville; a nation-wide effort to provide beds for children in need that began with Ashley Furniture HomeStores right here on the First Coast. Click here to learn more.

Ashley Furniture HomeStore seeks nominees for A Hope to Dream
February 03, 2014
Ashley Furniture HomeStore announced that is accepting nominations for the next round of its A Hope to Dream program.

Since the program began in 2010, Ashley has made a $5 quarterly donation to A Hope to Dream for every mattress purchased by customers at participating locations, including its store at 7840 Plaza Blvd. in Mentor. These donations go towards purchasing new kids’ beds for less fortunate children, who are nominated by local community members. Click here to learn more.

Steve Glucksman joins Ashley Furniture as Executive VP of stores
January 26, 2014
LAS VEGAS - Former Art Van Furniture executive Steve Glucksman has joined Ashley Furniture as executive vice president of stores and licensed operations under its Ashley Furniture HomeStores division.

In the new position, Glucksman is responsible for all corporate and licensed store operations and new store development, including the Ashley Sleep Shops in North America. The company's network of HomeStores - No. 1 on Furniture/Today's Top 100 - is set to top 500 U.S. and international stores by the end of this month. Click here to learn more.

Ashley Furniture truck awarded best of show
January 09, 2014
Ashley Furniture’s familiar black truck was awarded best of show at the 9th Annual World’s Largest Truck Convoy, benefiting the Special Olympics in Wisconsin. “The Special Olympics is an honorable organization with a very rich history that Ashley is proud to be associated with,” said Todd Wanek, Ashley’s President and CEO, in a statement. Click here to learn more.

Ashley Furniture HomeStores offer program to provide local children with beds
January 09, 2014
Crossroads residents now have the chance to bring less-fortunate children a good night's sleep. Through Ashley Furniture HomeStore's A Hope to Dream program, for every mattress purchased at the company's Victoria or Yoakum locations, $5 goes to provide beds to local children in need, according to an Ashley news release. Click here to learn more.

Ashley HomeStore Owner Bill Hinks’ furniture empire keeps growing
January 07, 2014
If life had taken a different path, Bill Hinks might have built basketball teams instead of furniture stores. “But there were lots and lots of coaches and not many jobs,” he said of the career he initially considered. The second choice was music. Close to an advanced degree, Hinks said he had learned to play every instrument. “And the closer I got to hearing a kid blow a clarinet in my ear the more I wondered if that was the career I wanted,” he said.Instead, he ultimately drew on a couple of generations of entrepreneurialism in his DNA, and the founder of Furniture Mart USA Inc. chose a career in retail. Click here to learn more.

Bill Hinks, owner of Ashley Furniture HomeStore’s, story a national success
January 07, 2014
The Sioux Falls Business Journal will feature FurnitureMart USA in this week's cover story – they're ranked among the top 50 furniture businesses in the country.

You may know them as the owners of South Dakota Furniture Mart, Unclaimed Freight and soon, a new Ashley Furniture Homestore on the east side. But this company is much bigger. Click here to learn more.

Ashley Furniture HomeStore brings jobs to Albany
January 01, 2014
ALBANY, GA -- A new furniture store is coming to Albany and bringing 20 to 25 jobs to the area. Ashley Furniture Homestores will be built where the Circuit City was on North Westover Blvd. The retailer began renovations on the 29,000 square foot building this week. The Albany store is owned by Turner Furniture Corp. in Thomasville. The company owner says they hope to have the store open to the public in the spring. The owner says executives chose Albany because of its close proximity to the Thomasville warehouse. Click here to learn more.

Ashley Furniture HomeStore Celebrates 500th Store Opening

No. 1 US Furniture Retailer Sees Explosive Growth Within 17-Year History

ARCADIA, Wis. (Feb. 25, 2014) – Ashley Furniture HomeStore, the largest furniture retailer in the U.S., celebrated the opening of their 500th store in Longview, Texas on Feb. 21, 2014. Throughout its 17-year history Ashley Furniture HomeStore has experienced explosive growth – exceeding $3 billion in sales in 2013 - and adding store locations throughout the U.S. and abroad. The brand’s robust pipeline includes 50 additional HomeStore openings in 2014. The Longview store is the 48th HomeStore in the state of Texas. Ashley Furniture HomeStore’s network of licensed and company-owned stores has been the number one selling U.S. furniture store brand since 2006

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Ashley’s Angels
Ashley Furniture is a proud sponsor of Ashley’s Angels, an all-volunteer non-profit organization that provides food, clothing, and blankets; and fills special gift requests for children in need each year. The organization has generated over $1,000,000 in donations and benefited nearly 10,000 children in Mississippi, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania since 1997. The community patrons of Ashley’s Angels, including local businesses and volunteers, partner with area schools to provide necessities, with hope for a better Christmas, to children who need it most.

Ashley Angels Christmas Mission
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Ashley’s Angels Comes to Town
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Ashley Furniture workers in Pennsylvania Donate Toys, Clothing, & Food
December 17, 2013Full article…

Ashley Furniture Employees Present Families in Need with Food, Toys, & Clothing
December 16, 2013Full article…

Ashley Angel’s Christmas Donations
December 13, 2013Full article…

Ashley Effort Raises More Than $100,000
December 12, 2013Full article…

Ashley’s Angels Expands into La Crosse
December 11, 2013Full article…

Ashley’s Angels Project Seeks to Brighten Christmas for Area Kids
December 10, 2013Full article…

Ashley’s Angels Helps Kids in Need
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Caring for Our Community
The Wisconsin 75 program recognizes more than just revenue, it recognizes business contributions to the communities in which they are located, the people who build the business and the overall Wisconsin economy of which they are a part. The Distinguished Performer Award is a separate, distinct award category of the Wisconsin 75, that provides an organization the opportunity to showcase their top business practices and achievements. Ashley’s vision of being the best furniture company also includes a steadfast commitment to its communities, with the goal of improving the lives of people around the world.

Ashley for the Arts provides the entire family with world class entertainment, art, exercise and play; and promotes the works of artists from across the globe. It is a non-profit organization that is completely dependent on monetary donations, in-kind services and the efforts of its volunteers. Each Ashley for the Arts event serves as a foundation for additional non-profit organizations, including participating schools, to raise funds in support of humanity. Click here to learn more.

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Caring for Our Environment
Sustainability is at the heart of Ashley’s social responsibility efforts. We continually look to improve our green practices and reduce our environmental footprint. From the paint we use in our factories to the emission standards that we employ for our trucks, Ashley is sustainably minded each and every day. Click here to learn more.

Salute to Our Military
Among his many philanthropic contributions, Ron Wanek, founder of contemporary Ashley, is the lead benefactor of the Avenue of Heroes / Soldier's Walk. Located in Memorial Park in Arcadia, Wisconsin, Soldiers Walk is widely recognized by its visitors as the premier war memorial outside of Washington, D.C. in the United States. This memorial honors all U.S. wars with monuments and memorials in one location in chronological order. Monuments are constructed and displayed throughout the walk to honor those leaders and veterans who fought to give us the life and freedom we enjoy every day.

Soldiers Walk, a 500-year walk through time, begins when the Arcadia area was first settled. Events are recorded on 12" x 24" gray granite stones, embedded in chronological order. War years are represented with planters one meter in length for each year of the war.

To date, Ashley Furniture’s contributions to the park are valued at more than $5 million. This does not include the involvement of Ashley employees who have volunteered hundreds of hours in developing and maintaining the walk. Click here to learn more.

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Teamwork, Passion, and Improvement Since 1945:

Ashley is an American furniture brand that dates back to 1945. The groundwork was laid in 1970 for its historic transformation into manufacturing when Ron Wanek, Ashley’s current Chairman, opened a furniture plant in Arcadia, Wisconsin with 35 employees. Under the leadership of Ron Wanek and Todd Wanek, Ashley’s President and CEO since 2002, the family-owned company continues to invest and grow in the U.S. to meet the evolving needs of customers in more than 123 countries across the globe.

Through the vision, direction and leadership of Ashley's owners, Ashley has become a "World Class Furniture Manufacturer." Ashley has grown to become the largest home furniture manufacturing company. Ashley has a rich history of success stories that illustrate its dramatic transition from a virtual unknown to a significant force in the industry.

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The World’s Largest Manufacturer of Furniture:

With over 50 years of innovation and experience in the furniture industry, Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc. has become an industry leader as a manufacturer of quality furniture products. Ashley remains committed to feeding into America’s strength as an international provider of manufactured goods.

Since 1970, Ashley has created more than 12,000 American jobs within our company. In addition, Ashley supports more than 9,000 vendors throughout the United States. These businesses create and support thousands of additional jobs and businesses. This phenomenon is repeated again and again. In economics, it is called the ripple effect and is most commonly associated with manufacturing.

One manufacturing job can create more than 2.5 additional jobs and tens of thousands of dollars in economic activity.

The Ashley Companies commitment to being the best furniture company in the industry continues to drive improvements in all phases of the operation, with the customer’s complete satisfaction in mind. This has been the model measurement of success at The Ashley Companies and highlights a 50 year tradition of superior craftsmanship and innovative design in the furniture industry.

Where We Call Home:

An all-encompassing sense of pride seems to polish the streets and give character to the faces of people walking in the downtown area of the small, but flourishing city of Arcadia. Maybe this is to be expected from a rural area of Western Wisconsin that is known for its outstanding work ethic. Located just 40 minutes north of La Crosse and 25 minutes from the Mississippi River, Arcadia has become a hot bed for people seeking quality of life and great career opportunities.

Within Arcadia’s city limits is a spectrum of opportunities for employment and recreation.The Ashley Companies (Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc.) is Arcadia’s largest employer. It produces a broad line of quality furniture under the Ashley and Millennium labels that are marketed worldwide. It has been a significant contributor to the city of Arcadia and has helped make it one of the most beautiful cities in the state.

The people of Arcadia are proud to say they have contributed in some way to the many things this city has to offer. It is evident that the community of Arcadia is prepared for a substantial increase in population; with its new facilities, available services and wide spread recreational resources. These are qualities that appeal not only to families of the Midwest, but anyone in search of a place that still claims ‘pride’ as an asset worth living for.