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Dubuque based Flexsteel to close Jackson St. facility next year

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

Flexsteel Industries announced Wednesday plans to close it's Jackson Street manufacturing facility next year.

In a press release, they say it has become inefficient for manufacturing and costly to maintain.  They plan to be out by December of 2017.

Flexsteel employs a total of 250 associates at the manufacturing facility, with 185 of those associates represented by the United Steelworkers (Local 1861), Teamsters (Local 120) and Operating Engineers (Local 234).

Where they will relocate too, though, is still unclear.

In a press release, Karel Czanderna, President and CEO, said, "We have identified several viable locations for manufacturing. With our corporate history and long-term commitment to the Dubuque community, the Company desires to remain in the Dubuque area. However, before finalizing a decision regarding location, we must ensure we can operate in a new facility while remaining competitive in the market."

Directly linked with this decision, the company recently announced plans to invest up to $25 million in North American manufacturing infrastructure during the next two fiscal years to address aging facilities and improve efficiency.

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