History Timeline-Founded with the belief that furniture could be made a better way
Carlyle Weinberger founds Ashley Furniture Corporation as a sales organization with headquarters in Chicago, Illinois.
Ron Wanek is appointed General Manager of Arcadia Furniture; a 35,000 sq. ft. facility with 35 employees in Arcadia, WI. The manufacturer specializes in cabinet commodes and occasional tables distributed nationally through Arcadia Furniture.
Arcadia Furniture introduces Wall Systems.
The furniture company develops its own transportation fleet
Major ownership and management is restructured. The company rebirths product lines and retools its facilities.
Todd Wanek is officially hired as an Ashley Furniture Corporation employee (#158).
Major ownership and management is restructured, allowing Arcadia Furniture and Ashley Furniture Corporation to merge into one company: Ashley Furniture Industries. Corporate headquarters were moved from Chicago, IL to Arcadia, WI.
A “Suggestion Program”, which later is renamed the “Idea Network” – to improve efficiencies and quality, while reducing cost. Employees are rewarded for being “agents of change”, which is a critical component of Ashley’s continuous improvement culture.
As imports take over the table business, Ashley converts to making bedroom furniture.
Ashley Furniture Industries begins overseas trading and manufacturing to strengthen its product lineup, including occasional tables with high gloss finishes.
Ashley Furniture Industries introduces dining room furniture.
Ashley Furniture Industries turns the furniture industry on its head with an innovative, patented product line called “Millennium”. A unique proprietary polyester finishing technique which gave the wood an impeccable luster and extreme durability.
Establishes plant in Whitehall, WI. This facility is equipped with state-of-the-art finishing equipment to produce Ashley Furniture Industries signature Millennium line.
Ashley Furniture Industries introduces formal and casual dining rooms and mixed media furniture with various combinations of glass, marble, steel and wood.
Todd Wanek moves to Asia to serve as the General Manager of Ashley Furniture Industries Taiwan. He begins establishing and managing Ashley Furniture Industries business development in China, Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan and Indonesia.
Ashley Furniture Industries intermodal rail yard is established; only one in Wisconsin and one of seven private yards in the US.
Ashley Furniture Industries introduces leather upholstery.
Todd Wanek is promoted to Ashley Furniture Industries President and Chief Operations Officer.
The first Ashley HomeStore opens in Anchorage, Alaska.
Ashley Furniture Industries introduces motion upholstery including recliners.
Ashley’s Angels is formed by a truck driver in Mississippi. The non-profit organization provides food, clothing, and toys to underprivileged children.
Ashley Furniture Industries establishes manufacturing in Kunshan, China and manufacturing and distribution in Ripley, MS.
The first international Ashley HomeStore opens in Aichi, Japan
Establishes operation in Colton, CA.
Ashley Furniture Industries establishes powerhouse manufacturing and distribution facility in China.
Todd Wanek is promoted to Ashley Furniture Industries Chief Executive Officer.
Establishes manufacturing and distribution facility in Leesport, PA.
Establishes operations in Brandon, FL.
Ashley Furniture Industries upholstered products become the best-selling in the world.
Ashley Furniture Industries becomes the world’s largest manufacturer of furniture.
On October 19th, Ashley HomeStore reaches 200 stores.
Ashley Furniture Industries begins “Voice of the Customer” program – where management and employees work in the warehouse and on deliveries to identify opportunities for product and service improvement and quickly implement changes.
Ashley HomeStore passes Walmart to become the No.1 retailer of furniture and bedding in the United States.
On January 18th, Ashley HomeStore reaches 300 stores.
Establishes plant in Tan Uyen District, Vietnam.
Ashley for the Arts is formed and holds its first event in Arcadia, WI. The non-profit holds an annual event to raise funds to support local non-profit organizations
On November 18th, Ashley HomeStore reaches 400 stores.
Ashley Furniture Industries launches Ashley Sleep®
Ashley HomeStore launches the Hope to Dream program to provide beds to underprivileged children allowing them a good night’s sleep.
Establishes plant in Binh Duong City, Vietnam.
Ashley HomeStore accelerates the expansion of its international retail presence.
Manufacturing and Distribution facility established in Advance, NC.
Manufacturing facility established in Verona, MS.
Ashley HomeStore receives its first Women’s Choice Award.
Ashley launches Ashley Express, its direct-to-consumer delivery program, next day delivery with sights on same day delivery.
On February 21st, Ashley HomeStore reaches 500 stores.
Ashley HomeStore establishes eCommerce as part of the Omni-Channel initiative.
Distribution facility established in Mesquite, TX.
On December 16th, Ashley HomeStore reaches 600 stores.
Ashley HomeStore retail operations facility opens in Ybor City (Tampa), FL.
Ashley Furniture Industries introduces outdoor furniture.
New Ashley HomeStore logo is unveiled and brand implementations begin.
On January 15th, Ashley HomeStore reaches 700 HomeStores
Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc. is named one of America’s Best Large Employers.
Ashley makes major investments in technology further solidifying its place as a leader in advanced automated manufacturing.
On January 23rd, Ashley HomeStore reaches 800 HomeStores.
Ashley invests heavily into direct-to-consumer delivery.
Ashley HomeStore opens 1,000th store.
Ashley welcomes Baby and Ready to Assemble (RTA) furniture as new product lines.
Ashley Furniture Industries celebrates 75th Anniversary!