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Furniture Plant Cuts 185 Jobs

Furniture manufacturer in Alabama is shutting down a production line and consolidating positions.

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BAY MINETTE, ALA. (AP) — A furniture manufacturer in Alabama is closing a production line and consolidating some positions, which will eliminate 185 jobs.

Standard Furniture Manufacturing Co. said this week it will stop making laminated case good at its plant in Bay Minette by the end of March.

The company also plans to move some home accessory and warehousing operations from Frisco City to Bay Minette.

The exact breakdown on the job reductions at each location was not immediately available.

Standard CEO Todd Evans said in a news release that the product line had not recovered from the Great Recession.

He said since then, the price of bedroom products has dropped sharply, putting the company's products in direct competition with various imported wooden bedrooms that have a "higher perceived value."

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