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Workers Keep Jobs As Paoli Furniture Plant Changes Owners

The Paoli Incorporated manufacturing facility in Orange County will stay open under a new owner.

A furniture factory in Orleans that was slated for closure next month has a buyer. That means more than 100 people who work at the plant won’t lose their jobs and the factory will stay open.

Orange County has been losing skilled jobs at a unprecedented pace. Unemployment here was the highest in the state last year.

The Paoli Incorporated furniture manufacturing facility is the only large manufacturing plant in the area. HNI gave the facility to the county Economic Development Partnership.

Development officials reached a deal last week with Jasper Seating Incorporated to buy the facility.

“This region is so rich in wood manufacturing so I think it’s important to keep that and keep that skill set moving here in this area,” says Misty Weisensteiner, is the Executive Director of Orange County Economic Development Partnership.

Once Jasper Seating acquires the building, it will be its largest facility.

The company is doing away with the Paoli Furniture name, but other than that employees shouldn’t notice much of a change.

“They shouldn’t have any down time whatsoever, at least that what I’ve heard,” Weisensteiner, says. “And then they’ll amp up production with hopefully hiring additional employees the end of next year and moving forward as well.”

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