MONROE (WWJ/AP) – Furniture maker La-Z-Boy Inc. has opened its new global headquarters in southeastern Michigan.

The Monroe-based company marked the opening Friday of its roughly $60 million facility. Speakers included Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and actress-spokeswoman Brooke Shields.

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The nearly 90-year-old company’s headquarters is about a mile from its previous location and is located in Monroe and neighboring Frenchtown Township.
La-Z-Boy acquired 120 acres of pristine land from the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary — which has maintained the land for decades.

The headquarters sits on 40 acres across from an oak savannah and company officials plan to preserve the remaining 80 acres.

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Roughly 500 employees moved into the new building in March from the previous headquarters, which dates to the Great Depression.

La-Z-Boy has been in Monroe since its 1927 founding, but had been courted by Ohio and other Michigan cities to relocate. The city of Monroe, Monroe County and the state offered incentives to help persuade the company to keep its headquarters in Monroe.

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