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Ashley Furniture faces $1.77M in fines for OSHA violations in Wisconsin

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FILE PHOTO: Heavy equipment is seen preparing the site of a new building for Ashley Furniture outside of Advance in mid-August. (David Rolfe/Journal)

ADVANCE, N.C. — Federal labor regulators said today that Ashley Furniture Industries Inc. faces a combined $1.77 million in fines for 38 safety violations found at its hometown plant in Arcadia, Wis.

Ashley is the largest U.S. residential furniture manufacturer and retailer, with more than 700 employees at its 2.8 million-square-foot manufacturing and distribution center in Advance. It has about 20,000 employees at 30 U.S. operations.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said that investigators identified 12 willful, 12 repeated and 14 serious safety violations at the Arcadia plant. OSHA spokesman Scott Allen said today that Ashley does not faces any fines at the Advance plant.

Ashley has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and penalties to either comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review commission.

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