Heritage Home Group to close Morganton furniture plant, laying off 87

Heritage Home Group LLC, the parent company of several major furniture brands, is closing its Drexel Heritage plant in Morganton, laying off 87 employees by the end of July, according to documents filed with the state commerce department.

The Morganton operation will be the third of the company’s North Carolina plants to shut its doors since the start of the year. The total number of jobs lost – split between Morganton, Thomasville and High Point – now stretches above 250.

The company disclosed the decision in a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification, or WARN notice, filed Friday. Companies planning mass layoffs and plant closures are required to file the notices. A company representative reached Tuesday declined to comment.

Heritage Home emerged from the assets of the now-defunct Furniture Brands International, acquired by KPS Capital Partners in November.

The company, which owns three North Carolina-based marketers and manufacturers, announced plans at the time to move its headquarters from St. Louis, Missouri, to the Triangle area.

No timeline has been provided for the new headquarters, which are rumored to open in High Point.