La-Z-Boy temporarily closes Neosho plant amid shutdown of US facilities

La-Z-Boy has closed all of its U.S. manufacturing facilities until at least April 13 in response to COVID-19, the company announced. That includes the company’s factory in Neosho, where around 800 workers are employed, the Neosho Daily News reports.

Michigan-based La-Z-Boy also announced the temporary closure of all company-owned retail stores. It will furlough some 6,800 employees in total.

For Neosho, the economic shock of the pandemic comes following a period of economic growth, the Springfield News-Leader reports. Membership in the area chamber of commerce has been growing, and local officials said La-Z-Boy had been planning a “big expansion.”

“This moment of uncertainty where we don’t know what the end looks like, that’s hard,” Lauri Lyerla, Neosho Area Chamber of Commerce CEO told the Springfield News-Leader.

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