Poplar Bluff Furniture Manufacturer to Close

SEPTEMBER 19, 2006 - Posted at 4:22 p.m. CDT

POPLAR BLUFF, MO - Rowe Furnitire, which employs approximately 400 people in Poplar Bluff, will apparently close the southeast Missouri plant as a result of Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

According to Ken Parrett of the Poplar Bluff Chamber of Commerce, "It was announced this morning that Rowe Furniture was filing Chapter 11 and that the Poplar Bluff plant would close within the next couple of months."

A spokesperson in the plant's human resources department would only give "no comment" answers when questioned by a caller from K8 News.

The plant has been operating in Poplar Bluff for more than 30 years, according to Parrett, who said the Chamber is "working with Rowe Furniture and will begin on-site job fairs starting next Friday to get as many of their employees hired elsewhere."  Parrett added, "We also have involved state and federal people to work on using their resources as well for training."