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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.

1970
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.

ARCADIA, WI
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.

Grand opening of Ashley manufacturing, distribution center attracts dignitaries
October 21, 2014
ADVANCE, N.C. — It’s not often that an area gets to experience a rebirth in manufacturing jobs.

Just look at that swath of the Midwest commonly called the Rust Belt for proof.

But in Davie County, factory jobs, after a period of decline, are starting to reappear in spurts, a shift that Terry Bralley traces back to the day in 2012 when Ashley Furniture Industries decided to put its new manufacturing and distribution center at an old R.J. Reynolds Tobacco warehouse on Baltimore Road.

“I think getting a leader like Ashley Furniture really put us on the map,” said Bralley, the county’s economic development director. “We’ve built a program for Davie County that establishes it as one of the leaders among rural counties in North Carolina.” Click here to learn more.

Ashley Celebrates Grand Opening in Advance, NC
Company Unveils New 2.8 Million-Square-Foot Manufacturing and Distribution Center
October 17, 2014
ADVANCE, N.C. — Just 40 minutes from High Point Market, Ashley Furniture celebrated the grand opening of a new 1,167,205-square-foot addition. The total size of Ashley’s manufacturing and distribution center is now approximately 2,837,507-square-foot (or 65 acres) under roof.

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, Senator Richard Burr, Congresswoman Virginia Foxx and a large contingent of state and local government officials and business representatives attended the event. Hundreds of Ashley employees and marketing specialists (sales representatives) were also in attendance.

This new facility has resulted in Ashley creating over 657 new jobs in Davie County. Ashley supports more than 250 North Carolina businesses.

The new construction phase of development includes 93,133 square feet of additional office space. Over the past year and a half, the construction process of this facility created a city within a city. The average number of construction workers per day on site during this time was 172. More than 75 vendors and subcontractors participated in this project.

“Ashley’s Advance, North Carolina location will provide faster delivery to our customers, especially those located on the Eastern seaboard. It will also complement our current U.S. manufacturing and distribution locations in California, Mississippi, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin”, said Todd Wanek, Ashley’s President and CEO. “This investment was made for the benefit of our customers and is not expected to have a significant impact on our existing facilities.”

“I realize this expansion is only one step on a very challenging road for this facility and for our company, but I am confident we will be up to the task. Ashley is dedicated to the constant improvement of our entire operations, and we plan to continue to reinvest in each and every one of our facilities. This approach has played a major role in our success since 1970 and will continue to play a major part in our future success as we work to meet the evolving needs of our customers.”

Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc. (Ashley) is the largest furniture manufacturer in North America and one of the largest 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 the best values, selection and service in the furniture industry. For more information on Ashley and its products, visit www.ashleyfurniture.com or www.ashley.com.cn.

Hornets Name Ashley Furniture HomeStore As The “Official Furniture Store Of The Charlotte Hornets”
October 8, 2014
CHARLOTTE, NC. – The Charlotte Hornets and Ashley Furniture HomeStore announced that the two organizations have agreed on a multi-year partnership that names Ashley Furniture HomeStore as the “Official Furniture Store of the Charlotte Hornets.”

“We are thrilled to welcome Ashley Furniture HomeStore to the Charlotte Hornets family,” said Hornets Sports & Entertainment President & Chief Operating Officer Fred Whitfield. “Ashley Furniture HomeStore has continued to provide excellent value, quality furniture and a genuine desire to give back to our community, which are characteristics that both our organization and our fans truly admire. It is great to partner with a Charlotte-based company in Broad River Furniture that is the regional licensee of a tremendous national brand in Ashley Furniture HomeStore. We look forward to partnering with Ashley Furniture HomeStore for years to come.” Click here to learn more.

U.S. Army Awards Ron Wanek with the Commandant’s Certificate of Appreciation
October 8, 2014
ARCADIA, Wis. – Ten members of the United States Army stationed at Fort McCoy visited Arcadia’s Memorial Park on Wednesday, October 8th. Ron Wanek, Ashley’s Founder and current Chairman, greeted the group at the Visitors Center before their tour of Soldier’s Walk. At that time, Mr. Wanek asked each active duty member to introduce themselves and describe their background. At the conclusion of this, Mr. Wanek explained to the group the inspiration behind Soldier’s Walk, the history of its development, and thanked them for their many years of service.

Located within the 54-acre Memorial Park, Soldiers Walk, also known as the “Avenue of Heroes”, is widely recognized as the U.S.’s premier war memorial outside of Washington D.C. Beginning with the Revolutionary War, it depicts all U.S. wars with significant monuments and memorials in chronological order. Most of the statues in the park were sculpted by Mr. Wanek himself.

On behalf of SSG Todd R. Cornell NCO Academy, Master Sergeant Marlon Boyd presented the Commandant’s Certificate of Appreciation awarding Ron Wanek for providing insight on the Arcadia War Memorial. The certificate states, “Your outstanding support and patriotism shown towards this country and its soldiers has proven to be monumental. Your words of inspiration continue to inspire our future leaders while fostering the future success of this great army. You are a credit to this nation and to your organization.”

For more information on Memorial Park’s Soldier’s Walk please visit: www.soldierswalkmemorialpark.com/

Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc. (Ashley) is the largest furniture manufacturer in North America and one of the largest 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 the best values, selection and service in the furniture industry. For more information on Ashley and its products, visit www.ashleyfurniture.com or www.ashley.com.cn.

ASHLEY FURNITURE PARTNERS WITH CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS TO PROVIDE TROOPS WITH FREE CALLS HOME September 24, 2014
ARCADIA, Wis. – Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc. (Ashley) recently donate gently-used cellular phones to support the nonprofit Cell Phones For Soldiers Inc., which helps troops call home to their families. Currently, as many as 200,000 troops are serving in the United States military overseas around the world.

With the support of Ashley’s employees to our troops, Ashley was able to donate 358 cell phones to Cell Phones For Soldiers to provide troops with that precious connection to loved ones back home.

Todd Wanek, President and CEO of Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc., stated, “We must never forget why we have, and why we need our military. Our armed forces work here and abroad to keep our nation safe, so that each and every one of us can sleep soundly here at home.”

Cell Phones For Soldiers was founded in 2004 by teenagers Robbie and Brittany Bergquist at the ages of 12 and 13. The charity has since provided more than 204 million minutes of free talk time to servicemen and women stationed around the world through its calling card program, Minutes That Matter. Funds raised from the recycling of cellular phones are used to purchase prepaid international calling cards. On average, Cell Phones For Soldiers distributes 7,500 calling cards each week to bases around the world, care package programs, deployment ceremonies and VA hospitals.

“Each year we have been humbled by the amount of people and organizations like Ashley that take the initiative to support our troops,” said co-founder Brittany Bergquist. “The communication gap between those serving and their families is a crucial need that Cell Phones For Soldiers is committed to addressing for years to come.”

Donated phones are sent to Mindful eCycling for recycling. For every donated phone valued at $5, Cell Phones For Soldiers is able to provide two and a half hours of free talk time to deployed troops.

Approximately half of the phones Mindful eCycling processes are reconditioned and reused. Phones and components that cannot be refurbished are dismantled and responsibly recycled to reclaim materials, including:
  • Gold, silver and platinum from circuit boards
  • Copper wiring from phone chargers
  • Nickel, iron, cadmium and lead from battery packs
  • Plastic from phone cases and accessories
For more information, please visit www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com.

ABOUT CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS INC.
Cell Phones for Soldiers Inc. is a national nonprofit dedicated to serving troops and veterans with free communication services and emergency funding. Founded in 2004 by Robbie and Brittany Bergquist, then 12 and 13 years old, Cell Phones For Soldiers has provided more than 204 million “Minutes That Matter” to deployed troops. Since 2012, “Helping Heroes Home” has provided emergency funds for more than 400 returning veterans to alleviate communication challenges as well as physical, emotional and assimilation hardships. For more information, visit www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest pages.

American Heart Association and Ashley Furniture HomeStore® Launch Red Sofa Tour
September 10, 2014
TAMPA, Fla. – Today, the American Heart Association Tampa Bay and Ashley Furniture HomeStore will launch the Red Sofa Tour at the Birchwood in Downtown St. Petersburg. Ashley Furniture HomeStore, a signature sponsor of the American Heart Association Tampa Bay Heart Ball, generously donated a custom-made red Hindell Park Sofa, which will tour around Tampa Bay until Oct. 3.

“Heart disease is very personal for me and my family,” said Ron Wanek, Ashley Furniture Industries Founder and Chairman of the Board. I’m passionate about the American Heart Association’s mission, and I’m passionate about raising awareness and saving lives in my community. While heart disease is a serious matter, the Red Sofa Tour is a fun, light way to encourage people to join the conversation about heart health.”

The tour stops will be conducted throughout St. Petersburg and Tampa, and the community is encouraged to take a seat on the traveling conversation piece and talk about how heart disease or stroke has affected them, or how they are championing their own heart health. Tour stops include: The Vinoy Renaissance, the Sanderlin Center, the Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg, Mary E. Bryant Elementary School, Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute, and The University of Tampa.

There will also be two special tour stops where Ron Wanek will sit on the sofa and join the conversation about heart health. On Sept. 23, he will join President Judy Genshaft in the Marshall Student Center at the University of South Florida. On Oct. 2, he will join Mayor Rick Kriseman and Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin at City Hall in St. Petersburg.

The Red Sofa Tour locations will also feature selfie stops where the public can snap a selfie on the sofa. They can then upload the photo to Facebook or Twitter, include a message about why heart health is important to them or why they support the fight against cardiovascular diseases, and use the hashtag #RedSofaTour. Participants will then be entered for a chance to win a donated item from Ashley Furniture HomeStore, which include: a Hindell Park Sofa, a set of lamps, wall art, and more.

In the American Heart Association’s ongoing effort to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke, this unique event aims to encourage an open, healthy dialogue about the No. 1 and No. 4 killers of Americans.

“Since our first store opening in 1997, we have felt a strong commitment to the communities in which we live and work,” said Todd Wanek, President and CEO of Ashley Furniture Industries. “Today, with more than 530 stores in over 10 countries, civic engagement is deeply rooted in our heritage and core belief system. For Ashley, this means contributing to improving the health and wellbeing of our neighbors across the globe through the support of world-class organizations just like the American Heart Association. The Red Sofa Tour is a special opportunity to partner with the American Heart Association and bring heart disease awareness to the Tampa Bay community.”

About the American Heart Association
Founded in 1924, the American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. To help prevent, treat and defeat these diseases, we fund cutting-edge research, conduct lifesaving public and professional educational programs, and advocate to protect public health.

For find out more about the Red Sofa Tour: RedSofaTour.

For more information about the American Heart Association: www.heart.org, HeartTampaBay.

ASHLEY STARTS BUILDING CASEGOODS IN N.C.
September 09, 2014
ADVANCE, N.C. — Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc. (Ashley) has commenced CaseGoods production in the 250,000-square-foot factory that is part of the Ashley’s new 2.8 million-square-foot Mid-Atlantic Manufacturing and Distribution Facility.

Ashley is still setting up the CaseGoods operation with equipment and personnel needed to run the operation. But finished goods, including chests, nightstands and dressers, started flowing off the line in the past two weeks and more pieces and collections will follow in the coming weeks and months.

The facility will primarily produce bedroom furniture expected to retail from $599 to $999 for four pieces, including a bed, dresser, mirror and nightstand.

The company has been producing upholstery on the site since November 2012. Over the Labor Day weekend, Ashley moved the upholstery operation to a 250,000-square-foot facility next to the CaseGoods production area. The 100,000-square-foot facility that formerly housed upholstery production will produce mattresses.

Currently, the entire facility employs roughly 600 workers, about half of which are on the upholstery side. The rest are in CaseGoods production, materials handling and shipping.

Materials and finished goods are now being received and shipped from 1.9 million square feet of warehouse and distribution space with 200 dock doors.

An additional one million square feet is planned over the course of the project’s development.

The facility, which has suffered delays due to weather and environmental issues, is significant for a state that has lost thousands of furniture manufacturing jobs in the past decade. According to Furniture/Today research, North Carolina has shed nearly 25,000 furniture production jobs since 2004, a 42.4% decrease.

But Ashley is growing its job base in Advance with another 400 jobs expected by year end.

“We have been very happy with the quality of the work force here,” said Ashley Chairman Ron Wanek, who gave Furniture/Today a tour of the facility last week. In addition to the production and distribution facility, the property has offices, product testing labs, conference and training rooms, a fleet maintenance center and a full-scale restaurant for employees and visitors.

Wanek applauded the employees for their positive work ethic, and praised state and local agencies for their support.

“The attitude of the employees, the community and the state has been terrific,” he said.

The facility is designed to serve customers in East Coast states including Virginia, West Virginia, the Carolinas and parts of Georgia and Florida. These markets are currently served by the company’s Arcadia, Wis., and Ecru, Miss., production facilities.

The new facility will allow the company to be closer to its customers and thereby reduce lead times, said Todd Wanek, CEO. He said the North Carolina location strategically places the company within 500 miles of 50% of the U.S. population.

“This was put in place for us to grow our business,” he said. “We are looking at overall growth and better serving our customers. We also are very pleased with the cooperation of the state of North Carolina and the quality of our management and employees. We are very pleased to be here.”

ASHLEY FURNITURE HOMESTORE “A HOPE TO DREAM” GOES GLOBAL
PROGRAM PROVIDES OVER 13,000 BEDS TO UNDERPRIVILEGED CHILDREN SINCE 2010
September 09, 2014
London, England. – Members of Ashley Furniture HomeStore and the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars are back home after hosting the first ever “A Hope to Dream” Stadium Sleepover at London’s famed Wembley Stadium on Saturday night, August 30, 2014. The Ashley/Jaguars teams treated 100 children and their chaperones to an unforgettable night that included a dance party with Jaguars’ mascot, Jaxson de Ville, and the Jaguars’ “THE ROAR” cheerleading squad. The night included a feast donated by Papa John’s Pizza and Pepsi-Cola. While at the stadium, the children played with XBOX sets provided by Microsoft. The biggest thrill of the night came when the Ashley Furniture HomeStore team announced that free beds would be delivered to 100 underprivileged children in London the next day.

Howard Fineman, CEO and Managing Member of Ashley Furniture HomeStore-Jacksonville, said this one-of-a-kind event is just another step in accomplishing Ashley’s vision for “A Hope to Dream”; that all children have their very own beds. “Too many children live their lives without being able to count on this one critical building block of life—a good night’s sleep. I am so proud that our team has come together with the Jacksonville Jaguars and delivered a fun-filled event that speaks so dramatically to our vision.”

The global expansion of the “A Hope to Dream” program to London grew from the inaugural Stadium Sleepover, hosted by Fineman and Gus Bradley, Jacksonville Jaguars Head Coach, and his wife Michaela last year. Last month, Ashley Furniture HomeStore and the Jaguars teamed up for the second time at Everbank Field and treated 100 local children to the all-night event. Bradley said the program is one he and his family are proud to embrace. “As an NFL football coach I know firsthand the importance of a healthy body and healthy mind. It requires good nutrition and exercise; but it all starts with a good night’s rest. “A Hope to Dream” has brought a good night’s sleep to thousands of children and I can tell you that our Jaguars’ family and the Bradley family are honored to be a part of it.”

Ashley Furniture HomeStore worked directly with the United Kingdom’s NFL Jaguars group to bring the project to life. In a statement released to Jacksonville, Florida local media two weeks earlier, Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan added that the synergy of the partnership between the Jaguars and Ashley Furniture HomeStore is a perfect example of how something started in Jacksonville can serve people in London and the rest of the world.

Fineman said, “The Ashley Furniture HomeStore team is so excited to take ‘A Hope to Dream’ to children in Great Britain. This is a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate what can be achieved in your city, your nation, and around the world if we all work together. I want all Ashley Furniture HomeStore customers to feel the happiness of these children, to see their smiles and feel their parents’ joy and gratitude. After all, it is Ashley customers everywhere who make it possible to bring “A Hope to Dream” to life in cities and towns throughout America, and now, across the ocean.”

The “A Hope to Dream” program first launched with Howard Fineman’s Ashley Furniture HomeStore-Jacksonville in 2010. Since then, the program has donated more than 13,000 Ashley Sleep mattress sets to children in need. A portion of the proceeds from every mattress purchased at a participating Ashley Furniture HomeStore provides a mattress set for a child in need. Families who need beds are nominated by friends, families, and social service agencies.

For more information on "A Hope To Dream"

Locally Launched Charitable Program Provides Free Beds for Kids—in London
September 09, 2014
Members of Ashley Furniture HomeStore and the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars are back home after hosting the first ever “A Hope to Dream” Stadium Sleepover at London’s famed Wembley Stadium on Saturday night, August 30, 2014. The Ashley/Jaguars teams treated 100 children and their chaperones to an unforgettable night that included a dance party with Jaguars’ mascot Jaxson de Ville and the Jaguars’ “THE ROAR” cheerleading squad. The night included a feast donated by Papa John’s Pizza and Pepsi-Cola. While at the stadium, the children played with XBOX sets provided by Microsoft. The biggest thrill of the night came when the Ashley Furniture HomeStore team announced that free beds would be delivered to 100 underprivileged children in London the next day.

Ashley Furniture HomeStore-Jacksonville CEO and Managing Member Howard Fineman said this one-of-a-kind event is just another step in realizing Ashley’s vision for “A Hope to Dream”; that all children have their very own beds. “Too many children live their lives without being able to count on this one critical building block of life—a good night’s sleep. I am so proud that our team has come together with the Jacksonville Jaguars and delivered a fun-filled event that speaks so dramatically to our vision.”

The global expansion of the “A Hope to Dream” program to London grew from the inaugural Stadium Sleepover hosted by Fineman and Jacksonville Jaguars Head Coach Gus Bradley and his wife Michaela last year. Last month, Ashley Furniture HomeStore and the Jaguars teamed up for the second time at Everbank Field and treated 100 local children to the all-night event. Bradley said the program is one he and his family are proud to embrace. “As an NFL football coach I know firsthand the importance of a healthy body and healthy mind. It requires good nutrition and exercise; but it all starts with a good night’s rest. “A Hope to Dream” has brought a good night’s sleep to thousands of children and I can tell you that our Jaguars’ family and the Bradley family are honored to be a part of it.” Ashley Furniture HomeStore worked directly with the United Kingdom’s NFL Jaguars group to bring the project to life. In a statement released to Jacksonville, Florida local media two weeks earlier, Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan added that the synergy of the partnership between the Jaguars and Ashley Furniture HomeStore is a perfect example of how something started in Jacksonville can serve people in London and the rest of the world.

Fineman says he’s delighted to share the story of the Stadium Sleepover in London. “In today’s world, speedy travel and global communication through the internet have enhanced the meaning of the word ‘community.’ I want all Ashley Furniture HomeStore customers to feel the happiness of these children, to see their smiles and feel their parents’ joy and gratitude. After all, it is Ashley customers everywhere who make it possible to bring “A Hope to Dream” to life in cities and towns throughout America, and now, across the ocean.” Fineman adds that he credits the program’s success to Ashley Furniture HomeStore customers because a portion of the proceeds of every purchase of a mattress at a local Ashley Furniture HomeStore pays for a mattress set for a child in need. Families who need beds are nominated by friends, family and social service agencies. The “A Hope to Dream” program launched with Howard Fineman’s Ashley Furniture HomeStore in Jacksonville in 2010. Since then the program has donated more than 13,000 Ashley Sleep mattress sets to children in need.

One Week Left before Ashley’s ‘A Hope to Dream’ Goes Global
August 23, 2014
Ashley Furniture HomeStore-Jacksonville reported that only a few last minute details remain before members of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Ashley Furniture HomeStore teams head to London. The two organizations will fly to Great Britain next week to host the first ever Stadium Sleepover at London’s famed Wembley Stadium. 100 children in need will spend the night at Wembley on August 30 to take part in Ashley Furniture HomeStore’s first “A Hope to Dream” sleepover outside of the United States. The next morning, the beds donated by the company will be delivered to the children’s homes.

“The Ashley Furniture HomeStore team is so excited to take ‘A Hope to Dream’ to children in Great Britain. This is a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate what can be achieved in your city, your nation, and around the world if we all work together,” said Howard Fineman, CEO and Managing Member of Ashley Furniture HomeStore-Jacksonville. “Ashley Furniture and Ashley Furniture HomeStores have a strong history of giving back, and we are excited by the growth of the ‘A Hope To Dream’ program throughout the United States, and now internationally.”

The first of its kind event in London is an expansion of the program that started last year in Jacksonville, Florida. On August 1, 2014, Ashley Furniture HomeStores-Jacksonville hosted the second annual “A Hope to Dream” Stadium Sleepover at the Jaguars home stadium, EverBank Field. 100 children who did not have beds of their own joined Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley, his wife Michaela, and Ashley Furniture HomeStore team members for a party and sleepover. The next morning, the beds were delivered to the children’s homes.

The expansion of the program to London supports Jaguars’ owner Shad Khan’s vision of sports and community. “You talk about synergy and sharing of really good ideas; I mean, this is a great example of that. There are many ideas – you know, great ideas – in London that we can embrace and serve the community, but this is a perfect example. Something that started here, can serve people - in London and the rest of the world,” said Shad about the ‘A Hope to Dream” program.

Representatives from the Jaguars and Ashley Furniture HomeStore-Jacksonville will fly to London on August 29, 2014.

For more information on "A Hope To Dream"

Ashley Furniture HomeStore #1 in the Top 25 Furniture and Bedding Retailers
August 20, 2014
The nation's Top 25 furniture and bedding retailers grew sales by 6% last year, which may be a reflection of the growing strength of e-commerce players nipping at their heels and contraction in some non-traditional furniture store sectors.

The combined group of retailers grew 2013 furniture and bedding sales to $30.7 billion from $29 billion for the Top 25 the year before, which was the same group of stores. That percentage growth was less than the 7.8% sales uptick for Furniture/Today's combined Top 100 furniture stores, which includes some of the same retailers on this list, and it also fell behind the 10.8% sales growth that the Top 25 experienced in 2012 over 2011.

Ashley Furniture HomeStores, the dedicated network of licensed and corporate-owned stores, topped the list for the fifth straight year with a 6% increase in furniture and bedding sales to $3 billion.

Furniture/Today's exclusive Top 25 Retailers ranks the leading U.S. furniture and bedding retailers by 2013 sales of furniture and bedding. Data is based on fiscal years ended Dec. 31, unless otherwise noted. Decorative accessory sales, including lamps, area rugs, wall décor and mirrors, are excluded in the estimates. Decorative accessory sales were included in the Top 100 U.S. Furniture Stores Ranking, published in Furniture/Today's May 19, 2014, issue.

All sales figures, except those of publicly held companies which break out furniture and bedding sales as a separate line of business, are Furniture/Today market research estimates.

Sales estimates were derived from a variety of sources, including the companies themselves, public company filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, discussions with industry analysts and suppliers and published and unpublished reports, including newspaper articles in various retailing areas.

This ranking is by no means comprehensive and does not represent the entire industry. More than the 25 retailers listed are vital companies within the industry. Furniture/Today chooses not to include some companies due to lack of verification of sales figures.

The Top 25 crosses all formats of furniture and bedding retailing. Channels include Bedding specialty stores (Mattress Firm, Sleepy's, Sleep Number); Department stores (Macy's, Inc.); Discount department stores (Walmart, Target, Big Lots); Lifestyle furniture stores (Ikea, Williams-Sonoma, Restoration Hardware); Manufacturer-branded stores (Ashley Furniture HomeStores, La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries, Ethan Allen); Office supply stores (Staples, Office Depot); Rental stores (Rent-A-Center, Aaron’s); Traditional furniture stores (Rooms To Go, Berkshire Hathaway furniture division, Raymour & Flanigan, American Signature, Bob's Discount Furniture, Haverty's); and Warehouse membership clubs (Costco, Sam's Club).

Three New Global Companies Sign On To Help Take Local "A Hope to Dream" Project Overseas
August 18, 2014
Ashley Furniture HomeStore-Jacksonville and the Jacksonville Jaguars have gained the attention of Pepsi-Cola, Papa John’s and XBOX to help support their first ever “A Hope to Dream” Stadium Sleepover in London, England.

On August 30, 100 children and their chaperones from London will spend the night at Great Britain’s famed Wembley Stadium sleeping in beds donated by Jacksonville’s Ashley Furniture HomeStore. While at the stadium, the children will play on gaming consoles provided by XBOX. Members of the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars cheerleading squad, THE ROAR, will also host a dance party for the children after they enjoy the pizza and drinks donated by Pepsi-Cola and Papa John’s Pizza. The next morning, the beds will be delivered to the homes of the children who previously did not have a bed of their own.

This first-of-its-kind experience at Wembley is an expansion of the event started last year in Jacksonville, Florida. On August 1, 2014, Ashley Furniture HomeStores-Jacksonville hosted the second annual “A Hope to Dream” Stadium Sleepover at the Jaguars home stadium, EverBank Field. 100 children who did not have beds of their own joined Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley, his wife Michaela, and Ashley Furniture HomeStore team members for a party and sleepover. The next morning, the beds were also delivered to the children’s homes.

Jacksonville Jaguars Head Coach Gus Bradley and his family are enormous supporters of the program. “The ‘A Hope to Dream’ program is such a blessing to these children. But once you see these kids with their new beds, you’re quick to realize the blessing is really ours.”

Ashley Furniture HomeStore-Jacksonville CEO and Managing Member Howard Fineman said taking “A Hope to Dream” to London is one more important step forward for the program. “Today, we live in a global community where each of us has the chance to make a difference to all of our neighbors—around our city or around the world. In this case, we are honored to have the opportunity to extend our support of the Jacksonville Jaguars as they expand their fan base overseas. In doing so, we make a life-changing difference by helping 100 children in need dream big in their very own ‘A Hope to Dream’ bed.”

Fineman added that since Ashley Furniture HomeStore is the number one selling furniture store brand in the world, in addition to the number one retailer of furniture and bedding here in the United States, expanding the “A Hope to Dream” charitable initiative outside of the United States is the next logical milestone.

The Jacksonville Jaguars and Ashley Furniture HomeStore teams leave for London August 29th to welcome the children to Wembley the next day.

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Will Schafer of Ashley Furniture HomeStores To Be Honored At GMFA Dinner & Dance Event in November.
July 24, 2014
The Greater Metropolitan Home Furnishings Association (GMFA) announced that Will Schafer of Ashley Furniture HomeStores has been chosen as the recipient of the 2014 Howard Liveright Memorial Award.

Retailers, manufacturers, representatives and industry suppliers will gather for this annual event, a festive kick-off to the holiday season on Saturday, November 22nd, 2014 at the Palisadium, Cliffside Park, NJ.

Schafer, who operates six Ashley Furniture HomeStores in Central New Jersey grew up in the retail furniture business. He began his career in his father’s stores in downtown Trenton, NJ. After graduating with a Marketing degree from American University in Washington, D.C., he joined his brother, Gordon Schafer, who owned and operated 5 Gordon Furniture stores in the Philadelphia market.

Will opened his first furniture store in 1998 called Furniture Showplace in Linden, NJ with just 5 employees. In 2006 he opened his first Ashley Furniture HomeStore.

“Will Schafer,” notes Patrick Cory, Managing Partner of Cory First Home Delivery and President of the Greater Metropolitan Furnishings Association, “is one of those people whose reputation for excellence and commitment to our industry is exemplary. He supports many local and national charities including Ashley’s “A Hope To Dream” program that provides mattresses to children in need. He has done great work to benefit Hurricane Sandy victims and supports many other good causes. I can’t think of anyone more deserving to be presented with this high award from GMFA.

“In 2014 we will also honor Safavieh's Michael Yaraghi with the Jerry Gans Memorial Award, and Todd Weinstein as our Representative of the year, concludes Cory. These industry giants represent the best of what the furniture industry has to offer in terms of what they do for their customers, suppliers and communities.”

“This important event presents an opportunity for retailers, reps, manufacturers and suppliers to network with industry friends while enjoying great food, an open bar, music and dancing. This year we’ve added additional menu choices and improved valet parking,” adds Alan Granetz, Executive Director of GMFA.”

Reservations and Souvenir Journal: To get more information on attending this event, or to participate in a souvenir journal being prepared to honor Will Schafer, Michael Yaraghi and Todd Weinstein, please contact Alan Granetz, Executive Director, MFA, (908) 725-3460, email greatermfa@gmail.com.

About GMFA: The Greater Metropolitan Furnishings Association is a not-for-profit organization designed to foster, promote and protect the interests of retailers, representatives, designers, manufacturers, and service related industries in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. An affiliate of the representatives’ association IHFRA, GMFA works to foster a spirit of mutual respect and esteem among members in the home furnishings industry, hosts networking and social events, educational seminars, provides valuable discounts and is a voice for industry interests on national, regional and local levels.

About The Howard Liveright Award: The award was inaugurated in 1961 for the purpose of perpetuating the memory of Howard Liveright and to provide an opportunity to acknowledge people who have made outstanding contributions to the home furnishings industry.

Ashley Furniture HomeStore to Sponsor Dinner by the Lake in Owensboro, Kentucky
July 21, 2014
OWENSBORO, Ky. – Ashley Furniture HomeStore located at 3250 Highland Pointe in Owensboro, Ky. is partnering with The Alma Randolph Charitable Foundation to host the 15th Annual Share the Vision Dinner outside by the lake at the Hines Center on Thursday, September 11th at 6:00 p.m.

Net proceeds from the event will be used to host the 21st Annual Back-to-School Shopping Event in October.

In addition to helping raise funds to provide clothes for children to go back to school, Ashley Furniture HomeStore participates in a yearlong campaign to provide beds for local children in need. AFHS believes that by helping a child sleep well, they are poised to lead a healthier and more productive life. A bed provides a safe Haven at night and most importantly, a place to Dream! Please visit Ashley Furniture HomeStore to submit an application for a child to be considered in receiving a mattress set. Ashley is taking applications now through September 30th for the October “Hope to Dream” mattress set give a way.

The Share the Vision Dinner will be held outside near the lake, and guests will enjoy roasted pig, and sides. The theme for the event will focus on a celebration of our country and a time to reflect and give thanks for our freedom. The Owensboro Dance Theatre will join Randolph in a moving presentation for the opening ceremonies, along with color guards and bagpipe players. Members and former members of the armed forces will be saluted during the opening ceremonies.

Skylar Cain, winner of the 2013 Country Music Showdown, and other guests will perform.

This year’s event will not feature Celebrity Servers, and tips will not be collected during the evening. However, community and business leaders, elected officials and political candidates, will have an opportunity to participate in the event by donating $1.00 for each year the Alma Randolph Charitable foundation has been in existence in helping children purchase clothes for the new school Year.

John Wright, Executive Vice-President of Owensboro Grain, will emcee the event, Kara Kirtley, Daybreak Anchor of Eyewitness News, along with Erin Meyer, Sunrise News Anchor for WFIE-TV, will co-host the dinner.

In the event of rain the program will be moved inside the Hines Center Ballroom. Tickets are $50 each and tables of eight are $400. To make reservations, or if you have questions, call (270) 852-6559, email ARCF2400@gmail.com or mail: 2400 Friendship Drive, Suite B, Owensboro Kentucky 42303.

Speedy Delivery LLC Partners with Ashley Furniture HomeStore
July 14, 2014
Speedy Delivery reported that the company recently began providing white glove home delivery services for Ashley Furniture HomeStores in Peoria, Bloomington and Champaign, Illinois.

Speedy says they're considering it a privilege to be partnered with the owner Mike Bruegge and former Ashley DM, Ken Knapp.

"I'm looking forward to this partnership,” said Kevin Truett, Speedy Delivery’s Director of Business Development. “Mike and Ken are passionate guys and they've already shown an "out-of-the-box" approach to this transition that promotes true partnership. I feel like they haven't hired Speedy as a third party delivery company, they've brought Speedy in and allowed us to be a part of their company. This is the type of relationships we strive for with all of our clients."

Years ago, Speedy Delivery started out as a Northwest white glove delivery company but continues to move across the states now serving central Illinois.

About the Bloomington Ashley Furniture HomeStore: Ashley Furniture HomeStores have been locally owned and operated by the Bruegge family in Champaign, Illinois since 2006. In November of 2010 the Bruegges took their HomeStores to Peoria, Illinois and they opened their second store in the Northpoint Shopping Center. In May of 2013, they took their HomeStores to Bloomington, Illinois and opened their third store in the Empire Plaza shopping Center. The Bruegges operate one of the oldest family-run furniture companies in Illinois, serving this community since 1872. In 2006, they continued to build on their company tradition and became part of the Ashley Furniture HomeStore family. Opening their first HomeStore was an easy decision, as the HomeStore Concept was the perfect way to expand on their company credo of outstanding customer service, great selection and good prices.

About Speedy Delivery: Speedy Delivery's home office is located in Richland, Washington and has provided quality delivery and logistics management services for nearly 14 years. Speedy offers a solution for furniture retailers that can be completely customized and is scalable using the latest in technology designed for productive and efficient logistics management. Learn more about Speedy Delivery by visiting them online at http://www.speedydeliveryllc.com or by visiting them in the Retailer Resource Center on the 10th floor or building B at the next Las Vegas Market.

Furniture Store Hosts Event for Convoy of Hope
July 12, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– Ashley Furniture HomeStore partners with Convoy of Hope each year and hosts a community event to raise money and awareness for the international humanitarian-relief organization’s work.

On July 11-13, customers who donate $20 to Convoy of Hope will receive 20 percent off of their purchase at Ashley Furniture HomeStore locations in Springfield, Mo., Joplin, Mo., Springdale, Ark. and Rogers, Ark.

Ashley Furniture HomeStore will match those donations and employees will participate in a giving campaign for Convoy of Hope’s feed ONE initiative, a program feeding more than 146,000 children in 11 nations.

“We’re blessed to work with Convoy of Hope each year,” says Andrew Covington, president and owner of Ashley Furniture HomeStore. “I am also grateful for employees who choose to give part of their wages to help those in need.”

Convoy of Hope representatives will be on-site to serve hot dogs to customers, answer questions and accept donations.

“Partnering with Ashley Furniture HomeStore is crucial to what we do,” says Hal Donaldson, president and co-founder of Convoy of Hope. “We are grateful for the generosity of their owner and employees. They are making a difference in the lives of many throughout the world.”

About Convoy of Hope:

Convoy of Hope, a faith ¬based organization founded in 1994, has a driving passion to feed the world. With a long history as an early responder in times of natural disasters, Convoy of Hope has been a Four Star Charity as recognized by Charity Navigator for 11 consecutive years. In the last 20 years, Convoy of Hope has served more than 65 million people. For more information please visit http://www.convoyofhope.org.

Ashley Furniture HomeStore in Del Rio and Eagle Pass, Texas launches ‘A Hope to Dream’
July 9, 2014
As of June 1st, Ashley Furniture Homestore in Del Rio and Eagle Pass has launched a new program called “A Hope to Dream”. During furniture market, they were able to hear from Todd Wanek, CEO and President of Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc talk about how Ashley Furniture Homestore is part of a program that’s making healthy sleep a reality for thousands of underprivileged children across the country. Wanek mentioned that today there is over 230 Ashley Furniture HomeStores participating in A Hope to Dream; which now includes the Del Rio and Eagle Pass locations.

As a whole, Ashley Furniture Homestore’s (AFHS) A Hope To Dream program delivered nearly 8,000 new beds in homes of deserving less-fortunate children. AFHS has grown to over 521 locations In less than 10 years, they have become the Number 1 selling furniture brand in the world and the Number 1 retailer of furniture and bedding in the United States.

Each location is independently owned and operated. The Del Rio and Eagle Pass locations are co-owned by Ryan Ricks and Philip George. The goal of this program is to give back to the communities that have been so good to them and what better way than to make sure our local children are getting a good night sleep. “We are in a business to help improve lives, with every mattress that is purchased, we will help a child in need – A Hope to Dream. Studies are showing good sleep equals to a great student. We believe by helping a child sleep well, they are poised to lead a healthier and more productive life. A bed provides a safe haven at night and most importantly, a place to dream”, says Ryan Ricks.

For every mattress sold at the Del Rio and Eagle Pass locations, Ashley Furniture HomeStore will donate $5 to make a healthy night’s sleep a reality for local, underprivileged children. Brands of bedding that can be bought, includes Sealy, Stearns and Foster, Optimum, Hybrid, Tempurpedic and Ashley Sleep. The child receives a mattress, boxsprings and comforter set. Ashley Furniture Homestores in Del Rio and Eagle Pass project to donate over 65 sets to local children in the first year, which amounts to a retail value of over $35,000. You can help a local child in need with your mattress set purchase. We are incredibly proud of and humbled by this milestone, and more excited than ever to see how the continual evolution of our giving can positively impact our communities in need.

We need your help to accomplish our mission, refer a child in need of a mattress set today. Referring a child for consideration to receive a mattress set is where we need your help to accomplish our mission. Please visit Ashley Furniture HomeStore to learn more about eligibility and how you can help.

Pursuit of a Cure benefits Three Additional Charities
July 7, 2014
ARCADIA, Wis. – The annual Pursuit of a Cure 5K (and Miracle Mile) Run-Walk charity event will be held on Friday, August 8th at Memorial Park during the opening night of Ashley for the Arts. Pursuit of a Cure acts as a fundraiser to advance cancer medical research and help offset the medical-related costs that cancer patients incur. The American Cancer Society (ACS) will be joined by the Rita Tranberg Memorial, Our Lady of Perpetual Help (OLPH) Mission and Christ Lutheran Church as the primary recipients of the funds raised by this event. The Rita Tranberg Memorial, OLPH Mission and Christ Lutheran Church will have ‘Pursuit of a Cure’ funds that focus solely on providing financial aid to local cancer patients.

The American Cancer Society (ACS) will continue to be the sole national beneficiary from this event, to assist in their ongoing cancer research. “Here in Trempealeau County, funds dedicated to the American Cancer Society through the Pursuit of a Cure Run/Walk event are making an impact on many lives” said Lori Francis, ACS’s Community Events Specialist. “From making possible the vital American Cancer Society programs and services that support those in our community facing a diagnosis, to life-changing cancer research and medical discovery, to advocacy for access to quality health care for everyone affected by cancer, the money raised through this event is helping further the vision of a world with less cancer and more birthdays.”

The Pursuit of a Cure event committee decided to invite additional organizations to participate in the event after receiving feedback from past event participants asking that some funds raised solely to assist cancer patients who are having difficulty paying for their cancer treatments, including gas and medical costs.

Kathy Bisek, a Pursuit of a Cure committee member, said “As a member of the run/walk committee for several years, and being a cancer survivor myself, I know how important the American Cancer Society's work is. But I also think keeping some funds locally to be able to help people financially that are going through treatment is equally important. So I hope people will embrace this new concept.”

The Pursuit of a Cure event has grown dramatically each year since it was scheduled on the first day (Friday) of the two-day Ashley for the Arts in 2012. This year, The Beach Boys are scheduled to perform on Friday.

So how will this work?

All race participants that register on race day will be required to select the organization they wish to support. The registration fee will be: $20 on the day of the event and will include an admission wristband for the two-day Ashley for the Arts event. There is an option to pre-register and save money by registering online at: www.ashleyforthearts.com before August 2, 2014 which will amount to $17.25. Teams will no longer be required to fundraise for the event as in previous years. However, anyone who wishes to donate over and above their entry fee can do so at the event by:
  1. Writing a larger check to the organization they choose to support.
  2. Providing a basket raffle item.
Also, any extra money raised by teams prior to the event can be donated to the organization of their choice on the day of the event. It is the wish of the Pursuit of a Cure committee to formally recognize at the closing ceremony the efforts of exceptional individual teams and contributors to this worthy cause.

The committee welcomes anyone who is interested in participating on the Pursuit of a Cure committee, but most importantly, applauds everyone for their efforts in supporting this life changing initiative.

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. The event was conceptualized and established by Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc. (Ashley) in 2009. For more information on Ashley for the Arts, visit www.ashleyforthearts.com. “Like” Ashley for the Arts on Facebook or follow us on Twitter at @AshleyfortheArt.

Ashley Furniture HomeStore to open in former Sportsman’s Warehouse site on East Kellogg
July 2, 2014
Ashley Furniture HomeStore is planning to open a second Wichita location.

Wichita Furniture Inc., the parent company of Ashley Furniture HomeStore-Wichita and Furniture on Consignment, is buying the 55,000-square-foot building at 11645 E. Kellogg, a site that most recently housed Sportsman’s Warehouse.

Sportsman’s Warehouse opened in that location in 2006, but closed about four years ago.

The site will be converted to an Ashley HomeStore showroom, and the store is expected to open this fall.

The Sportsman’s Warehouse signs on the building were removed Wednesday.

In 2002, Ashley Furniture opened its first Wichita HomeStore, that one near 21st Street North and Maize Road.

There are 500 Ashley Furniture HomeStore locations worldwide.

Serta wins top Women’s Choice Award in bedding. Restonic, Reverie, Sealy, Ashley Furniture HomeStores also honored
July 2, 2014
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — WomenCertified Inc. has named its 2014 Women’s Choice Award recipients, honoring Serta as the most recommended bedding brand.

Bedding sources Restonic and Reverie also were recognized, with WomenCertified saying they were recommended by nine out of 10 female customers.

Ashley Furniture HomeStores was the only furniture store to win the award, and Sealy won for its baby crib mattresses and bedding. Several other companies were recognized for other goods and services, which WomenCertified says is based on surveys of thousands of women as well as research conducted in partnership with the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

“It is truly an honor to be recognized as the most recommended mattress, box spring and pillow brand with the 2014 Women’s Choice Award,” said Andrew Gross, senior vice president of marketing for Serta. “Serta has been leading the way in product innovation for more than 80 years, and it means a great deal to us that women continue to trust our brand to bring them more comfort and a better sleep experience.”

“The Women’s Choice Award mission is to raise awareness among consumers about which brands are most recommended and trusted by women,” said Delia Passi, CEO and founder of the awards.

The award doesn’t just signify that these brands have women’s favor — it signifies that women are willing to recommend them to others, according to Passi.

“When a woman is willing to stake her reputation on a recommendation, it means that business has earned her loyalty. Those are the businesses we wish to recognize for their efforts and commitment to the No. 1 consumer — women,” she said. Click here to learn more.

City Furniture Spotlights Habitat for Humanity
July 1, 2014
City Furniture celebrated the grand opening of its new Ashley Furniture HomeStore showroom in Cutler Bay with a donation to help Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami build affordable homes.

City Furniture President Keith Koenig presented a $2,500 check to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami CEO Mario Artecona at a June 18 grand opening reception for more than 150 guests. With completion of the new Ashley Furniture HomeStore showroom at 18780 South Dixie Highway in Cutler Bay, the site became the latest of seven hybrid City Furniture and Ashley Furniture HomeStore locations. A walkthrough connects the adjoining stores for customer convenience. City Furniture is the Southeast and Southwest Florida licensee for Ashley Furniture HomeStore. The site’s City Furniture showroom opened in fall 2013.

Koenig announced plans to create four new stores and a total of about 150 jobs in the North Miami/Miami Gardens, Dadeland/Pinecrest and Dolphin Mall areas in the next three years. Click here to learn more.

Ashley Furniture Places
June 27, 2014
For in excess of a lot more than six years, Ashley Furnishings HomeStore has been a proud Household Concentrate partner supporting neighborhood initiatives and constantly offering again to individuals in want. This calendar year Ashley Household furniture has made the decision to just take their dedication one stage further by collecting coats at each of their eight store places. These donations will reward Classroom Central and Communities in Educational institutions so you should drop off your school provide donations starting Friday, August 1st. Click here to learn more.

2014 St. Jude Dream Home: Winner chosen for $10,000 shopping spree to Ashley Furniture HomeStore
June 26, 2014
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The first winner in a number of prizes being given away during the 2014 St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway was chosen, Thursday morning.

Lydia Pires of Bakersfield won a $10,000 shopping spree to Ashley Furniture HomeStore.

If you’re looking to win the 2014 Dream Home time is running out. You have until 6:30 p.m. Thursday to be eligible to win the home.

The lucky winner of the home will be announced during a special broadcast at 7 p.m. on 23ABC news.

Reserve your ticket today to win a brand new house with an estimated value of $525,000, or $150,000* in cash! TODAY is the last day to reserve your ticket by calling 1-800-385-9134 Click here to learn more.

'A Hope to Dream' adding program in London
June 25, 2014
The Jacksonville Jaguars and Ashley Furniture HomeStores-Jacksonville will partner to expand Ashley Furniture HomeStores “A Hope to Dream” program to 100 children in London.

Last year, Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley along with his wife, Michaela, and their children teamed with Howard Fineman, CEO and managing member of Jacksonville’s Ashley Furniture HomeStore,s to host a sleepover for 50 children at the Jaguars’ Everbank Field home. The children ate pizza with football players and participated in a dance party led by the Roar cheerleading squad. The children later learned the beds they were sleeping in that night would go home with them the next day.

Bradley and Fineman worked the past year to expand the program. Both organizations will host the second annual “A Hope to Dream” sleepover Aug. 1 in Jacksonville and have agreed to expand the program to aid children in London who need beds.

Representatives of both the Jaguars and Ashley Furniture HomeStores-Jacksonville will fly to London to host an Aug. 30 sleepover at Wembley Stadium for 100 children.

“As a coach, I know a good night’s sleep is the critical building block to good health and to having a hope of achieving in life,” Bradley said. “My wife and my children and I were just overcome with emotion at last year’s sleepover. You have never seen such joy as when we told those children that from now on they would sleep in a bed — in their own bed — and the chance to expand the program to our fans in London — it’s the definition of being a servant leader and it’s going to be amazing.”

If you know of a child who needs a bed you may submit your nomination at any Ashley Furniture HomeStore showroom, or online at ahopetodream.com. Click here to learn more.

Davie's big deal: How the county landed and nearly lost the Ashley Furniture plant
June 20, 2014
Ashley Furniture Industries is set to complete its 2.7 million-square-foot mid-Atlantic manufacturing and distribution hub in Davie County by October. It already employs 400 people.

On a sunny spring morning, Ron Wanek, founder of Ashley Furniture Industries Inc., rode in a vehicle past a blur of buildings abuzz with construction activity at the massive Davie County site that will soon be home to the Arcadia, Wis.-based company's completed mid-Atlantic distribution and manufacturing center.

At first glance, the Ashley construction site looks like it never confronted any obstacles or delays.

The $80 million facility was teeming with Shelco LLC construction workers wearing hard-hats. Massive cranes pierced the blue sky and drivers in tractors helped complete a more than 1 million-square-foot addition to a former R.J Reynolds Tobacco Co. facility. At a small office in the front of the Ashley site, candidates hoping for one of the hundreds of jobs that Ashley has been adding waited for interviews. And Wanek's sunny disposition was on display as he jumped out of a vehicle during a tour of the site to say hello to Ashley workers. Click here to learn more.

Jaguars and Ashley Furniture Expand Hope To Dream Program
June 19, 2014
The National Football League’s Jacksonville Jaguars and Ashley Furniture HomeStores-Jacksonville announced they will partner to expand Ashley Furniture HomeStores “A Hope to Dream” program to 100 children in London, England. Last year, Jaguars Coach Gus Bradley, his wife Michaela and their children, teamed with Howard Fineman, CEO and Managing Member of Jacksonville’s Ashley Furniture HomeStores to host a sleepover for 50 children at the Jaguars Everbank Field home. The children enjoyed everything from pizza with football players to a dance party led by the Jaguars’ ROAR cheerleading squad. The children were stunned to learn that the beds they were sleeping in that night would go home with them the next day.

Bradley and Fineman and their respective team members were so overwhelmed by the response to the sleepover and the bed giveaway that for the past year they’ve worked on their dream to expand the program. Today, both organizations announced that they will host the Second Annual “A Hope to Dream” sleepover in Jacksonville on August 1, 2014, and they have agreed to expand the program to aid children in London, England who need beds. Click here to learn more.

There's no magic secret to Ashley Furniture's growth
June 18, 2014
At the height of the recession, Ashley Furniture Homestore was one of six furniture companies in the U.S. that had sales growth.

That growth, along with the continued decline of competitors, allowed Dufresne Spencer Group, Ashley Furniture’s parent company, to acquire smaller furniture stores that were going out of business. Since opening its first store in 2003 in Jackson, Tenn., DSG has grown Ashley to 35 stores in nine states, helping DSG grow revenue nearly 34 percent in 2013, compared to 2012.

If DSG considers another acquisition, however, it must fit into the company's strategy.

“If you look at our states, we’re succinct geographically,” Chad Spencer, president of DSG, said. “Does it make sense to buy a store in Oregon? No, but we’ve looked at it.” Click here to learn more.

The #1 Selling Furniture Brand in the World - Cambridge
June 17, 2014
Ashley Furniture HomeStores are the number one furniture store brand retailer with 500 stores around the world. Passionate about all things furniture and bedding-related, Ashley Furniture designs, builds, ships, and delivers all of its products.

When you shop at Ashley Furniture, you can be sure you’re making a quality purchase that will stand the test of time. All products are subject to rigorous standards at state-of-the-art worldwide testing labs. In this way, the quality of the furniture you purchase—from the raw materials used to make it, through to the item you bring into your home—is guaranteed. Click here to learn more.

At Ashley Furniture Industries Environmental Stewardship begins at home...
Ashley Donates Trees to Local Communities
May 28, 2014
ARCADIA, Wis. – Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc. (Ashley) donated 114 trees to the Arcadia community. Ashley also plans to donate an additional 28 trees to the City of Independence - at the request of Mayor Robert “Ottie” Baecker - as part of its State Highway 93 reconstruction project.

Rollie Conrad, Arcadia Street Superintendent, and his team once again are taking the lead in planting and watering these trees. The recent tree donation in Arcadia was comprised of Maple, Elm, Lilac, Arborvitae, Spruce, Fir, Pine, and Walnut trees. These were planted on the Arcadia High School, Schank Park and Wanek Art Center grounds. Arcadia High School students also participated in planting the trees as a community service to their hometown.

“Trees serve many functions. They are obviously great for the environment, provide shade in the summer, and beauty to the landscape. It’s wonderful when the community embraces this concept,” says Ron Wanek, Founder and Chairman of Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc. “Arcadia has such beauty and you can really feel it come alive in the summertime.”

In addition, studies show that adding trees increases a property’s resale value and can increase a business’s foot traffic and revenue by as much as 20 percent.

Ashley Furniture’s President and CEO, Todd Wanek said, “Rollie Conrad and the Arcadia Street Department are a great asset to Arcadia. They have taken it upon themselves to make our parks the envy of the region.”

Mayor John Kimmel echoed Todd Wanek’s statement. “Rollie and his team take pride in showcasing Arcadia’s parks to our residents and visitors each year. They go above and beyond each and every day and it shows.”

Conrad and his team are responsible for maintaining the grounds of Arcadia’s 54-acre Memorial Park. Arcadia’s Park and Recreation department is responsible for maintaining its flower beds. Ron Wanek was the lead benefactor and architect of this park, which serves many community functions, but is most known for Soldiers Walk, the premier war memorial in the United States outside of Washington, D.C. The Arcadia Street Department also maintains the grounds of seven additional parks in Arcadia. In total, there are over 100 acres and 1000 trees in Arcadia’s parks.

In addition to supplying trees to local communities for more than 25 years, Ashley donates 25,000 trees to its employees each year in celebration of Arbor Day.

Ashley, Flexsteel, Liberty Receive Awards from Furniture First
May 14, 2014
Furniture First Buying Group reported that it honored three of their supplier partners with Vendor of the Year Awards, presented May 13, 2014 during the group’s Symposium in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Awards were presented in three categories – Occasional, Stationary Upholstery & Leather, and Formal & Casual Dining. Winners were calculated through survey responses from Furniture First members. The survey encompassed a popular vote and member evaluations of the vendors’ performance in three “Areas of Excellence,” including Service, Quality, and Sales. Only vendors with active programs with Furniture First in 2013 qualified for the awards.

Bill Hartman, President of Furniture First, presented plaques and expressed appreciation to the winners. The “Occasional Vendor of the Year” award was won by Ashley Furniture; it was received by George Gesualdo, Vice President of Ashley. Click here to learn more.

When Mom wants a sofa…
May 13, 2014
One of the great things about not being famous is anonymity — the type of anonymity that allows one to walk into a furniture retail store to take a look at what’s on the floor and to experience customer service firsthand. These unscheduled excursions offer a rare opportunity for those of us immersed in the furniture business to put on a different hat and see the world of furniture from the consumer’s viewpoint, often illuminating why some stores continue to perform well even when consumers are reigning in their spending. Click here to learn more.

Ashley Furniture Provides Tile to Habitat for Humanity for up to 30 Homes in Winona and Fillmore Counties
May 13, 2014
WINONA, Minn.—Ashley Furniture Industries donated 5,700 tiles valued at $17,000 to Habitat for Humanity on Tuesday. The total tile amount will cover approximately 6,800 square feet of floor space for 20 - 30 homes in the Winona and Fillmore Counties.

Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc. (Ashley) is the largest furniture manufacturer in North America and one of the largest 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 the best values, selection and service in the furniture industry. For more information on Ashley and its products, visit www.ashleyfurniture.com or www.ashley.com.cn.

Ashley for the Arts partners with Davie County Schools Arts Smart Festival
May 3, 2014
MOCKSVILLE, N.C. - Davie County Schools partnered with Ashley for the Arts to host its annual Arts Smart Festival at its high school campus on Saturday.

Ashley for the Arts is sponsored by Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc. (Ashley) to support local schools.

Representatives from Ashley presented School Superintendent Darrin Hartness with a $10,000.00 check and also presented its first ever “humanitarian award” to Noel Grady-Smith for her exceptional service to the school district, students and the community – during the opening ceremony.

Todd Wanek, President and CEO of Ashley emphasized, “The Arts have the power to enhance society with extraordinary grace and incalculable value.” His quote was proudly displayed throughout the entire campus.

The event featured student artists, singers, dancers, musicians, and actors from all of the Davie County Schools Arts Education Departments. Simultaneous performances were scheduled throughout the afternoon in the large and small gyms, and additional attached classrooms.

‘The Beach Boys’ and ‘Ingrid Michaelson’ headline Ashley for the Arts
April 16, 2014
ARCADIA, Wis. – Ashley for the Arts (www.ashleyforthearts.com) 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 (www.soldierswalkmemorialpark.com), 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 (www.ashleyforthearts.com) 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
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Ashley Furniture Employees Present Families in Need with Food, Toys, & Clothing
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Ashley Angel’s Christmas Donations
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Ashley Effort Raises More Than $100,000
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Ashley’s Angels Expands into La Crosse
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Ashley’s Angels Project Seeks to Brighten Christmas for Area Kids
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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
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.
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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.

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