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Upholstered furniture manufacturer to create 79 jobs in Lee County

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England Furniture, an upholstered furniture manufacturer, plans to establish operations in Lee County, creating 79 jobs.

The company will be located in a 32,000-square-foot building in the county.

England Furniture has been making furniture since 1964. The company was co-founded by Charles England and his sons, Eugene and Dwight.

Based in New Tazewell, Tenn., England has operated as an independent division of La-Z-Boy Inc. since 1995.

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with Lee County, the Lee County Industrial Development Authority (IDA), and the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority (VCEDA) in securing the project.

VCEDA Board of Directors approved a $350,000 loan to the Lee County IDA to assist with the project. The Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission also approved $135,000 in Tobacco Region Opportunity Funds.

Funding and services to support the company’s employee training activities also will be provided through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program.

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