Furniture manufacturer England, Inc. will invest $31 million to expand its operations in New Tazewell, TN. The expansion will create 202 jobs in Claiborne County. The high-quality furniture manufacturer is an independent division of La-Z-Boy Incorporated and has been located in New Tazewell since 1964.
“We have a long history in the state of Tennessee, with England operating in New Tazewell for more than 50 years, and our largest La-Z-Boy branded facility operating in the state for more than 45 years,” said Kurt L. Darrow, chairman, president and CEO of La-Z-Boy Incorporated. “Indeed, Tennessee is a great partner and we thank the state for its support throughout the years and, in particular, for its contribution to the expansion at our England facility as we continue to invest in and strengthen our U.S. manufacturing platform. We look forward to operating in the great State of Tennessee for many years to come and maintaining our close ties to the various communities where we are located.”
England will add 87,000 square feet to its manufacturing facility in New Tazewell and construct a new 23,000-square-foot corporate office space with this expansion. The manufacturing facility is set to be operational by January 2019 and the corporate office space will be operational by the spring of 2019.
“I congratulate England on its decision to expand its operations in New Tazewell and for creating more than 200 new jobs in Claiborne County,” said Gov. Bill Haslam. “England has had operations in our state for more than 50 years and it means a great deal that this well-established company is continuing to create high-quality jobs here. Because of companies like England, Tennessee will lead in job growth and economic development.”
“I want to thank England for its continued investment in New Tazewell,” said Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe. “Manufacturing continues to be a strong sector in our state, employing more than 300,000 Tennesseans. I appreciate England for creating more than 200 manufacturing jobs in Claiborne County and strengthening our state’s manufacturing industry.”
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