Company closure in March was in a response to COVID-19

MONROE — La-Z-Boy Incorporated, a global leader in residential furniture, announced last week it will begin to resume operations at partial production capacity at several of its U.S. based plants, following the temporary closure of its manufacturing facilities due to the COVID-19 concerns.

In a statement, the company noted it is resuming production to work through its existing backlog and it will be able to catch up on expected service demand. Regional distribution centers remain operational to deliver in-process orders.

La-Z-Boy’s headquarters are in Monroe. The company specializes in home furniture including upholstered recliners, sofas, stationary chairs, lift chairs and sleeper sofas.

Kurt L. Darrow, chairman, president and chief executive officer of La-Z-Boy Incorporated, said in the news release the COVID-19 situation is being monitored daily by the company. The company’s health an safety of its employees, customers and community are their “highest priority.”

“We are reviewing data from across the country, as well as the applicable federal, state and local requirements and guidelines where we do business,” Darrow said in the release. “Initially, we will open several La-Z-Boy branded manufacturing facilities at partial production capacity. The products produced will serve to address the backlog we had when we closed our plants at the end of March and to satisfy orders that we expect to see as many states begin to allow our retail customers to re-open on a limited basis over the next several weeks. Moving forward, we will operate the business as customer demand dictates and are hopeful that as more retailers re-open, we will be able to increase production accordingly and bring additional employees back to work.”

Stores that are slowly reopening to the public are doing so with strict health, safety and social distancing guidelines in place. The company is taking precautionary methods in line with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

“We plan to continue to open stores over the next several weeks when it is deemed safe by various states to do so and state closure orders in the respective markets permit,” added Darrow.

Customers can also visit La-Z-Boy online at www.La-Z-Boy.com or at www.Joybird.com and continue their shopping experience there.