La-Z-Boy to move 105 jobs to Mexico


Newton La-Z-Boy will relocate its Leather Cutting and Sewing division to Mexico by the end of the year, Daniel Simoneau, general manager for La-Z-Boy’s Newton operations, said Monday. The move will impact 105 employees at the companies Newton location.

Simoneau said a “detailed analysis” of the company’s operations showed it would be more effective to have the Leather Cutting and Sewing division located at its Mexico plant, which currently staffs about 1,500 workers. The transition, he said, would begin October 10 and continue through December.

“We will begin ramping down October 10 and be finished sometime in December,” he said.

The 105 employees in the Newton division will be given the opportunity to apply for other positions within the company, Simoneau said. Based on current hiring practices, he said La-Z-Boy was confident the displaced workers would be able to stay with the company if they so choose.

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