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Furniture-maker Flexsteel Industries Inc. is closing its Harrison, Ark., plant in late August as part of a companywide restructuring effort, leaving nearly 110 workers without jobs.

The Democrat Gazette reported that officials with city government and the local chamber of commerce were initially unaware of plans to close the plant, only hearing rumors of a possible closure on Tuesday (June 18). On Wednesday, Mayor Jerry Jackson received official notice of the plant closure from the Arkansas Department of Workforce Development through a required Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act notice.

The federal act requires employers to provide advanced notice to local governments of impending plant closures.

According to the document, the plant will close on Aug. 20, or within 14 days after that, leaving 109 workers unemployed. None of the Flexsteel workers there are represented by a union. The majority of the jobs involved sewing and upholstery.

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