United Furniture to add 100 jobs in Nettleton

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by NEMS Daily Journal

NETTLETON – United Furniture Industries is growing its workforce by 25 percent at its Nettleton manufacturing plant.

United, which makes stationary and motion upholstered furniture, including sofas, loveseats, sectionals, chairs and recliners, already employs about 400 in Nettleton. The company also has a 1,000-employee facility in Okolona.

It is investing $277,000 in the facility and said Wednesday it will create at least 100 new jobs with the expansion.

United has about 650,000 square feet of manufacturing space in Nettleton, where it has two plants.

The company is one of the largest furniture manufacturers in Northeast Mississippi, and also has a manufacturing plant and distribution center in Amory.

United employs about 1,800 workers total in its Mississippi facilities.

The company also has manufacturing plants in Lexington and Archdale in North Carolina, as well a distribution center in Kernersville, N.C.

The Mississippi Development Authority provided help with the Nettleton expansion project with infrastructure improvements.

“Job creation is crucial to economic development, and I appreciated United Furniture Industries for continuing to invest in its Mississippi operations and for creating these new jobs for the residents of Nettleton,” said Gov. Phil Bryant.

United Furniture Industries was created in 2000 with the merger and acquisition of three companies – Comfort Furniture, Parkhill Furniture and United Chair.

The combined company in 2008 became the exclusive license holder as the U.S. manufacturer of Simmons Upholstery.

 

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    They treat their employees like they are slaves working in a sweat shop. My experience in the Lexington Plant if you were white or black you didn’t stand a chance. They don’t even speak in English in there Plant Its all in Spanish. They said the Plant was for the people in Davidson County but so far from the truth 98% are from Asheboro,NC and another town an hour away they come to work sitting on one another they are so many in one vehicle. The employees that are there are drinking alcohol and using drugs.They want you to work 10-12 hours a day 6-7 days a week and if you refuse they fire you.This plant needs new Management or needs to shut down.They even work people without their papers.