La-Z-Boy investing $30M+ in Missouri plant

MONROE, Mich. — La-Z-Boy said Monday it will invest more than $30 million on a two-year upgrade to its Neosho, Mo., plant which makes reclining motion furniture and supports all La-Z-Boy manufacturing operations with metal components and purchased parts.

The work will include upgrades and renovations throughout the upholstery plant, a new medical clinic for employees and their families, and the building of new 60,000-square-foot warehouse space to house its parts distribution operation the company said will more efficiently service its entire supply chain.  The 550,000-square-foot plant began operations in 1970. It employs 950 people and La-Z-Boy said it plans to hire more than 100 more.

A groundbreaking ceremony is slated for Aug. 11. 

In a release, new La-Z-Boy President and CEO Melinda Whittington said the company is making strategic investments across the business “to ensure La-Z-Boy emerges stronger in a post-pandemic environment.”

“With unprecedented demand for the La-Z-Boy product, making improvements to our manufacturing facilities will help drive efficiencies and shorten lead times for customers and consumers while strengthening our manufacturing footprint for the long term,” she said.

Darrell Edwards, senior vice president and chief operating officer, noted the Neosho facility is responsible for making “a significant portion of the La-Z-Boy branded product,” and said, “These essential upgrades will improve productivity while providing for a more modern and pleasant work environment for our employees who continue to work tirelessly to service our customers.”

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