La-Z-Boy seeks help to expand Dayton, Tenn., plant

DAYTON, Tenn. -- La-Z-Boy Tennessee expects to add 40 jobs at its Dayton operation if the Rhea County Commission will purchase a piece of property and lease it to the company, commissioners were told this week.

County Executive George Thacker said he had been working with La-Z-Boy officials and representatives of the state and the Tennessee Valley Authority to arrange the deal, which will provide a site for a company-owned trucking operation.

"La-Z-Boy has created 300 jobs this year, and we will end up with another 80 jobs and $4 million in payroll" if the transaction is approved, Thacker said.

La-Z-Boy General Manager Bimbo McCawley said 40 jobs already have been filled, and another 40 to 50 are possible, with the jobs paying $50,000 to $55,000 per year.