JULY 13, 2004 - Posted at 12:11 a.m. CDT
JONESBORO, AR - Employees at the Haworth office furniture manufacturing plant in Jonesboro were notified this morning that the facility will close at the end of the year.
A news release states the company will "relocate manufacturing in its Jonesboro, Arkansas plant to Michigan. The decision was made based on the company's excess capacity. Shipments of office furniture in the U.S. have declined more than 40 percent from 2000 to 2003."
Haworth opened the Jonesboro plant in 1998. The company currently employs approximately 230 workers. "The decision to close the Jonesboro facility represents a tremendous loss for the Jonesboro community and the surrounding area," said plant manager Dave Field. "The Jonesboro operation was one of the most successful plants in the Haworth system primarily due to the spirit and commitment of its members." Field added, "We greatly appreciate everything the state and local leaders have done for us over the past seven years."
Haworth will also be relocating production from a Henderson, Texas facility to operations in Michigan. The company will provide assistance to employees in Jonesboro, including severance packages, unemployment benefits, and the option of continuing insurance through the COBRA plan.