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BREAKING: Furniture jobs announcement looms

April 20, 2012

HIGH POINT — North Carolina's governor is kicking off the world's largest furniture trade show with an announcement expected to mean hundreds of jobs.

Gov. Beverly Perdue is visiting the High Point Market on Friday for a jobs announcement Involving Davie County, about 30 miles away.

The News & Record of Greensboro reports Wisconsin-based Ashley Furniture Industries will announce more than 500 jobs. Ashley is both one of the country's largest home furniture manufacturers and store operators.

State legislators said privately that tax breaks they approved last summer were aimed at attracting an Ashley furniture distribution center to Davie County that could grow to about 1,100 employees.

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