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homes and businesses. ���I found people to be very warm and cordial. Of course, that didn���t surprise me since we���ve been coming to the [High Point] Market for years. We were impressed with how well the homes and businesses are kept up, the attitude of people. At Ashley, we hire for attitude and train for skills.��� The visits were part of Wanek���s travels across the Mid-Atlantic seeking a site for an $80 million distribution center and manufacturing plant. He was well aware of North Carolina���s business climate, perennially in the top tier of rankings by magazines such as Forbes and Site Selection, and its reputation for skilled craftsmen. That, along with the right buildings at the right price, location, incentives, available workforce and training opportunities, persuaded him to pick this particular place, near Advance. ���There were a lot of pieces in the puzzle, and they all just ���t.��� The decision was announced last year at the semiannual High Point Market, the world���s largest home-furnishings trade show. It was welcome news in a state that once Challenge: The world���s largest furniture manufacturer was looking for a site for a Mid-Atlantic manufacturing plant and distribution center. Solution: North Carolina furnished Ashley Furniture Industries with a plant, a rich economicincentive package and a surplus of skilled furniture workers. Davie County Economic Development Commission President Terry Bralley says the Triad���s manufacturing experience will make Ashley Furniture Industries Inc. feel at home. North Carolina EDG

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