izzy+ announces consolidation of manufacturing operations; plant in Florence, Alabama, to close in summer of 2015


Spring Lake, Michigan, July 25, 2014 - To harness greater efficiency in its manufacturing operations, izzy+ announced today that it will close its facility in Florence, Alabama, by the summer of 2015.

The current production at the Florence plant will be shifted to izzy+ existing facilities in Middlebury, Indiana, and Spring Lake, Michigan, along with select suppliers. The consolidation will take approximately one year to complete.

"We are investing in a more nimble and focused izzy+," said izzy+ President and CEO Kevin Kuske. "This requires a careful consolidation of our operations that allows us to be even more efficient and responsive in our commitment to provide our customers with world-class capabilities."

Kuske added: "We regret the impact this decision has on the people of the Florence facility, because they have been an important and well-performing part of our izzy+ family. We will be doing everything possible to help them transition to other employment."

Kuske said izzy+ plans to sell the Florence plant when the consolidation is complete. THere are about 200 office and manufacturing workers at the facility. The company expects to add a yet-to-be-determined number of manufacturing and support positions at other izzy+ facilities.

About izzy+
The employees of izzy+ (www.izzyplus.com) design, manufacture and market office furniture and seating that solve real problems at work and in learning. The focus is to provide designers with the tools to create inspiring work spaces for forward-thinking customers in home offices and small businesses, in executive offices and board rooms, and in hospitals and classrooms. Its award-winning products are marketed under the brand names izzy, HAG, Harter, Fixtures Furniture, and ABCO. Based in Spring Lake, Michigan, izzy+ is a business of JSJ Corporation.

Media contact: Katie Ostreko | 616.881.6921 | katie.ostreko@izzyplus.com

Join our community: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Vimeo, Flickr: /community