North Carolina's Ethan Allen furniture company will add 302 jobs

In a rare bit of bright news for North Carolina's beleaguered furniture industry, Ethan Allen Interiors Inc. said Wednesday it plans to expand its upholstery operations in Maiden and add 302 jobs over the next three years.

The Maiden factory, which opened in 1949, already employs 540. The company is shifting some upholstery manufacturing from a leased plant it will close in Chino, Calif., in a move that will cost 65 workers, plus 137 contract employees, their jobs.

Ethan Allen, which manufactures high-quality upholstered furniture for residential and commercial customers, will invest $2.79 million in its Maiden facility over the next three years, state officials announced.

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