La-Z-Boy Incorporated announced it will close its Canadian manufacturing facility, based in Waterloo, Ontario. The plant, which employs 413 people, represents approximately five percent of the La-Z-Boy branded business total upholstery manufacturing capacity, and produces recliners and reclining sofas.
La-Z-Boy will cease operations effective December 16, 2005 and shift the plant's production to facilities in Neosho, Missouri and Dayton, Tennessee. The Waterloo plant is La-Z-Boy's only Canadian manufacturing facility and primarily supplies dealers in the Eastern provinces of the country.
Kurt Darrow, President and Chief Executive Officer of La-Z-Boy Incorporated, said, "After careful analysis and consideration, we made the difficult decision to close our Waterloo facility. The plant has been operating at less than optimal capacity for some time and represents a small portion of La-Z-Boy's total production. At the present time, approximately 50 percent of all La-Z-Boy products sold in Canada are produced in our U.S. facilities and all the product needs of our Canadian dealers in the Western provinces are being successfully serviced by our facilities in California and Utah. This action, combined with our continuing process improvement initiatives will result in increased efficiencies in our remaining manufacturing facilities enabling us to be more productive in less square
footage, thereby improving our overall capacity utilization.
La-Z-Boy Incorporated has seven strategically located North American plants dedicated to producing product for its La-Z-Boy branded business. These plants employ 7,000 people and total approximately 4.25 million square feet.
"We regret the impact this will have on the lives of those employees working at the Waterloo facility, but this action is necessary for La-Z-Boy to remain competitive and improve our remaining operations. We will provide transition assistance and the appropriate benefits to these employees during this difficult period."
Darrow concluded, "We remain firmly committed to the Canadian market. It is an important part of our growth strategy as we continue to develop our independent dealer base and the La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries(R) store program throughout all provinces. We will do everything we can to work with our dealers to ease the transition and ensure service levels and deliveries are seamless as we shift production to our other facilities."
The Waterloo plant, which is approximately 400,000 square feet, will be idled after operations cease and will be marketed for sale. As a result of these actions, La-Z-Boy will take a pre-tax charge of approximately $9.0 to $10.0 million, or $0.11 to $0.12 per share. This charge will be principally for severance and other benefit costs and will also include the write down of certain fixed assets and other associated costs. The majority of these charges will be incurred in the second quarter of the company's 2006 fiscal year with the balance of the charge taken over the next several quarters.
With annual sales of over $2 billion, La-Z-Boy Incorporated is one of the world's leading residential furniture producers, marketing furniture for every room of the home, as well as for the hospitality, health care and assisted- living industries. The La-Z-Boy Upholstery Group companies are Bauhaus, Centurion, Clayton Marcus, England, La-Z-Boy, and Sam Moore. The La-Z-Boy Casegoods Group companies are American Drew, American of Martinsville, Hammary, Kincaid, Lea and Pennsylvania House.
The corporation's vast proprietary distribution network is dedicated exclusively to selling La-Z-Boy Incorporated products and brands, and includes 336 stand-alone La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries(R) stores and 340 La-Z-Boy In- Store Galleries, in addition to in-store gallery programs at the company's Kincaid, Pennsylvania House, Clayton Marcus, England and Lea operating units.
According to industry trade publication In Furniture, the La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries retail network is North America's largest single-brand furniture retailer. Additional information is available at http://www.la-z-boy.com/ .
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