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Flexsteel To Close Plants In Indiana, Pennsylvania

Company blames the closures on a downturn in the RV industry and a drop in demand for home furnishings.

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) -- Dubuque-based Flexsteel Industries plans to close manufacturing plants in Indiana and Pennsylvania.

The company announced Wednesday it would close a recreational vehicle seat manufacturing plant in New Paris, Ind., and an upholstered furniture plant in Lancaster, Pa. The company blames the closures on a downturn in the RV industry and a drop in demand for home furnishings.

Flexsteel will continue warehousing and shipping operations in Lancaster.

About 250 employees will be affected by the closures, expected by the end of the year.

Operations in New Paris will be shifted to a Dubuque facility, and the Lancaster production will move to other plants.

Flexsteel begin operations in Lancaster in 1955 and in New Paris in 1982.

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