Redlands, CA – Redlands’ La-Z-Boy upholstery manufacturing facility will be closing, losing 350 jobs.
The move is being made as La-Z-Boy Incorporated announced plans to further strengthen its supply chain manufacturing footprint. The productions from the Redlands plant will be moved to available capacity at its other North American facilities.
“We regret the impact these actions will have on those employees affected and will provide outplacement assistance during the transition period. We greatly appreciate the contribution of each employee and thank them for their years of dedicated service. However, after an in-depth review of our supply chain, due to ongoing productivity improvements, we determined these moves will further optimize our operations and strengthen our competitive positioning in the marketplace,” stated Kurt L. Darrow, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, of La-Z-Boy Incorporated.
The Redlands location opened in 1966, is a 200,000-square-foot facility that today accounts for 10% of the company’s upholstery production and manufactures recliners, motion sofas and classics (high-leg recliners). The location will be marketed for sale after the closing.
Darrow stated, “with 3.7 million square feet of North American manufacturing space for the La-Z-Boy branded product and about 5,000 employees in those facilities, we have the capacity to not only service existing business but expand our volume as we execute various growth strategies.”
Beginning in 2021, La-Z-Boy Inc. anticipates annual operating savings of approximately $4 to $6 million pre-tax.