ARCADIA, Wis. – Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc. (Ashley), the world’s largest manufacturer of home furnishings, announced today that they will donate more than 4,700 mattresses to victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. This $1 Million donation announcement comes in partnership with Ashley Furniture HomeStore in Puerto Rico, owned and operated by family company Empresas Berríos. The Category 4 hurricane hit the island on September 20th, and was the strongest storm to make landfall in Puerto Rico in 85 years.
Mueblerías Berríos and its personnel will deliver the donated mattresses to the families affected by Hurricane Maria across the island. Beatriz Isabel Rosselló, First Lady of Puerto Rico, is working with the Vivienda and Familia departments of the Puerto Rican Government to organize the deliveries and the recipients of the donation. The U.S. Army National Guard will lead the caravan of Ashley Furniture HomeStore-Berríos trucks across the island, through more than 70 cities, to make the deliveries. The deliveries are scheduled to begin January 17th.
The images from Hurricane Maria were devastating to see. Our hearts, thoughts, and prayers are with the victims as they rebuild their communities, said Todd Wanek, President and CEO of Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc.
Ashley is committed to supporting the communities in which we have a presence, and we hope this donation will aid the people of Puerto Rico.
Noel Berríos, Owner and Vice President of Mueblerías Berríos commented,
The residents of this island have supported us from the beginning and have watched us grow as a company. It is now our turn to support them in this difficult time of rebuilding our home - Puerto Rico. Ashley Furniture and Berríos share the same values and the result of that is this great contribution.
The Berríos family opened two Ashley Furniture HomeStores in Hatillo and Cupey, Puerto Rico in November. As the largest furniture retailer on the island, the Berríos family plans to open three more Ashley Furniture HomeStores in 2018.
In September of last year, Ashley Furniture made furniture donations with a retail value of over $2 Million to relief efforts for Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Hurricane Irma in Florida. Ashley is a long-standing supporter of local emergency services, including police, fire and rescue departments. In addition to assisting victims of natural disasters across the globe, Ashley has provided hundreds of hours of in kind services and millions of dollars in furniture and funds to flood, tornado and hurricane victims across the United States and the world.
Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc. (Ashley) feels that every person deserves more value for their money. Established in 1945, Ashley is the largest manufacturer of home furnishings in the world, and was recently named one of America’s Best Employers by Forbes in 2017. From design through fulfillment, Ashley is committed to delivering the world’s best home furnishing values, selection and service, and earning the loyalty and trust of its customers every day. Visit Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc. online and “Like” Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc. on Facebook.
Ashley Furniture HomeStore is committed to being your trusted partner and style leader for the home. This commitment has made Ashley Furniture HomeStore the No. 1 furniture retailer in the U.S. and one of the world’s best-selling furniture store brands with more than 800 locations in 43 countries.
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Mueblerías Berríos is a locally owned, Puerto Rican company offering the best quality furniture, at the best prices, for over 44 years. With 26 stores around the island, Berríos is the most visited furniture store offering furniture, appliances and electronics. Being local to the island of Puerto Rico, Berríos takes pride in knowing their customers better than anyone else, that’s why Berríos gives you more.