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Ashley Furniture Industries history, profile and corporate video

 In 1945, Carlyle Weinberger started Ashley Furniture in Chicago as a sales operation specializing in tables and wall systems. In 1970, Weinberger invested in Ron Wanek’s Arcadia Furniture, a manufacturing business in Arcadia, Wisconsin. The two businesses became Ashley Furniture in 1976. The company manufactures living room, dining room, bedroom, entertainment, home office furniture and other homefurnishings. Ashley licenses its name to Ashley Furniture HomeStores located throughout North America. These independently owned stores sell only Ashley Furniture-branded products.”

“Teamwork, Passion, and Improvement Since 1945:

Ashley is an American furniture brand that dates back to 1945. The groundwork was laid in 1970 for its historic transformation into manufacturing when Ron Wanek, Ashley’s current Chairman, opened a furniture plant in Arcadia, Wisconsin with 35 employees. Under the leadership of Ron Wanek and Todd Wanek, Ashley’s President and CEO since 2002, the family-owned company continues to invest and grow in the U.S. to meet the evolving needs of customers in more than 123 countries across the globe.

Through the vision, direction and leadership of Ashley’s owners, Ashley has become a “World Class Furniture Manufacturer.” Ashley has grown to become the largest home furniture manufacturing company. Ashley has a rich history of success stories that illustrate its dramatic transition from a virtual unknown to a significant force in the industry.”

*Information from Forbes.com and Ashleyfurniture.com

**Video published on YouTube by “Ashley HomeStore