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Lazar looks to expand Siler City upholstery factory

Posted Monday, March 19, 2012

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Siler City, NC - Residential and contract furniture maker Lazar Industries announced plans to add 30,000 square feet to its upholstered furniture plant in Siler City, North Carolina. This increase will bring its space here to 125,000 square feet

The Los Angeles, CA-based company is seeking grant monies from the city of Siler City and the state of North Carolina to expand the current 95,000-square-foot facility, according to Furniture Today. The expansion would be accompanied by the creation of 40 new jobs.

The company also operates an 80,000-square-foot facility in California to service its West Coast, western Canada, Hawaii and Alaska customers, according to company President Rob Luce. Lazar Contract, a division of Lazar Industries, manufactures for the hospitality and the healthcare markets, both domestically produced seating and custom capabilities.

"We are firmly committed to servicing our West Coast customers from our Los Angeles facility, but we need to adapt to where we are seeing growth happen now," he said. "Costs in California continue to escalate, and we are taking advantage of an ample labor force, favorable business climate and competitive tax advantages offered by the state of North Carolina."

Luce added, "Maintaining the two factories gives us total flexibility to grow our business nationally and to direct the production where needed."

The company said its sales in first two months of 2012 were up 32% over the same period a year earlier.

 
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