DANVILLE, Va.–IKEA opened its first furniture manufacturing facility in the United States today. The opening ceremony featured remarks from Virginia governor Timothy M. Kain, and attendance by other government and company officials.
The 930,000-square-foot factory is part of IKEA’s industrial group, Swedwood. It rests on 209 acres in an industrial park known as Cane Creek Centre, and is located around 50 miles north of Greensboro, N.C.
In a statement announcing the formal opening, IKEA said the factory will produce such wood-based products as Expedit bookshelves, Lack coffee and side tabes, and Besta modular entertainment systems.
Created by IKEA in 1991, Swedwood is actually a group of companies with more than 36 production units in nine countries. It is one of 1,300 IKEA suppliers.