DANBURY, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 6, 2009--
Ethan Allen (NYSE: ETH) has established an entirely new direction
for its American case goods manufacturing operation, a shift
unprecedented in its history: The company’s wood furniture is becoming a
custom business. Products will be made to order, with an increasing
number of custom options. Products will be made individually, rather
than in large production runs. The company plans to convert its entire
American-made case goods business to custom within twelve months.
“Our custom capability is one of our strongest assets and a strong point
of differentiation,” said Chairman, President and CEO Farooq Kathwari,
“During the last few years, we have been making affordable custom
upholstery in our U.S. workrooms and shipping more than 80% of this
custom product within thirty days. Now we are converting our U.S. case
goods manufacturing to custom in manageable increments, starting with
four popular dining room collections.“ For seventy-seven years, Ethan
Allen has produced high-quality case goods in its manufacturing
facilities in the Appalachian mountain range from Vermont to North
“The transition to an entirely custom American case goods business will
further enhance our ability to provide great products with unparalleled
options at affordable prices,” Mr. Kathwari said. ”And the change will
enable us to pursue our strategic objective of growing our strong U.S.
Ethan Allen is a vertically integrated interior design company,
providing one-stop shopping for the well-designed home in approximately
300 Design Centers in the United States and abroad and online at
ethanallen.com. The company offers clients the free interior design
services of its approximately 2,000 in-house design professionals.
About Ethan Allen
Ethan Allen Interiors Inc. (NYSE: ETH) is a leading interior design
company and manufacturer and retailer of quality home furnishings. The
Company offers free interior design service to its clients and sells a
full range of furniture products and decorative accessories through
ethanallen.com and a network of approximately 300 Design Centers and
Design Studios in the United States and abroad. Ethan Allen owns and
operates six manufacturing facilities in the United States, which
includes one sawmill, and one manufacturing facility in Mexico, and
manufactures approximately sixty-five percent of its products in its
United States plants. For more information on Ethan Allen’s products and
services, visit ethanallen.com.
Source: Ethan Allen Interiors Inc.
November Rawlings, 203-743-8293