Ethan Allen’s Manufacturing Plant in Orleans, Vermont, Resumes Operations and Continues to Make Progress Following July Flooding
DANBURY, CT, Sept. 19, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Ethan Allen Interiors Inc. (“Ethan Allen” or the “Company”) (NYSE: ETD) today issued the following statement regarding an update on the flooding that has recently impacted its Orleans, Vermont, manufacturing facility:
In July 2023, Ethan Allen’s wood furniture manufacturing operations located in Orleans, Vermont, sustained damage from heavy flooding of the nearby Barton River. In addition to losses related to wood furniture inventory parts and state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment, the flooding also resulted in a temporary work stoppage for many Vermont associates and a disruption and delay of shipments for approximately seven weeks.
Ethan Allen has deep roots in Vermont, first established in 1936 when the Company’s founders purchased a sawmill in Beecher Falls. The Orleans workshop employs approximately 250 dedicated local associates and serves as an important economic engine, not only in the Orleans and Barton areas, but also for businesses and workers throughout the Northeast Kingdom. Ethan Allen’s sawmill and wood machining operation, located about an hour away in Beecher Falls, provides wood parts to Orleans.
“We are proud of our roots in the Northeast Kingdom,” said Ethan Allen’s Chairman, President and CEO, Farooq Kathwari. “We are fortunate to have maintained our manufacturing facilities in North America, which enables us to be in a better position to serve our clients. I recently had the opportunity to visit both Orleans and Beecher Falls and meet with our dedicated associates. While the July flooding has caused substantial damage to our Vermont wood furniture manufacturing plant, we are pleased to see our business resume operations and actively work down existing backlog.”
Ethan Allen is currently working through insurance to recover a portion of incurred losses, which will be included in the Company’s fiscal 2024 first quarter financial results. Losses incurred from the disposal of damaged inventory, inoperable machinery equipment from water damage, facility cleanup, and restoration, are currently estimated to be approximately $2.5 million, net of insurance recoveries and grant proceeds. In addition, the flooding has resulted in a delay in the production of custom orders, which is expected to reduce the Company’s consolidated net sales by approximately $15 million during the first quarter of fiscal 2024.
Thanks to the hard work of Ethan Allen’s associates as well as external specialized teams, the Company is making good progress towards equipment repair and cleanup of the plant. Mr. Kathwari credits Governor Phil Scott, members of the Vermont state legislature, and the state’s Department of Economic Development, which awarded Ethan Allen a $500,000 grant through its Business Emergency Gap Assistance Program. These funds will be used toward cleanup and restoration efforts as well as for local capital projects to further enhance the Orleans workshop. “We appreciate the State of Vermont’s ongoing partnership and its commitment to our business and to our local associates,” Mr. Kathwari stated.
“Our wood furniture manufacturing in Orleans resumed limited operations during August 2023, and at this time, approximately 75% of our associates are back to work. We have set aside significant capital to enhance and improve our production workflows as we move forward. Although we continue to assess the costs of cleanup and repair, as our work is ongoing, we are pleased to say that we remain open for business in Vermont,” Mr. Kathwari concluded.
ABOUT ETHAN ALLEN
Ethan Allen Interiors Inc. (NYSE: ETD) is a leading interior design company, manufacturer and retailer in the home furnishings marketplace. The Company is a global luxury home fashion brand that is vertically integrated from product design through home delivery, which offers its customers stylish product offerings, artisanal quality, and personalized service. The Company provides complimentary interior design service to its clients and sells a full range of home furnishings through a retail network of design centers located throughout the United States and abroad as well as online at ethanallen.com. Ethan Allen owns and operates ten manufacturing facilities located in the United States, Mexico and Honduras, including one sawmill, one rough mill and a lumberyard. Approximately 75% of its products are manufactured or assembled in these North American facilities.
For more information on Ethan Allen’s products and services, visit www.ethanallen.com.
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