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Hooker Furniture Corporations Welcomes Meridian International to Open Distribution Facility in Liberty County

OCTOBER 14, 2020

Atlanta, Georgia Governor Brian P. Kemp today announced that Home Meridian International (HMI), a division of Hooker Furniture Corporation, will open a new distribution center at Liberty Countys Georgia Ready for Accelerated Development (GRAD) certified Tradeport East Business Center. The investment of $ 23.5 million will create 50 new jobs in the region.

Were delighted to welcome this well known and internationally respected brand to the State of Peach, Governor Kemp said. With our world-class ports, skilled workforce, and strong community support, I have no doubts that HMI will be successful in establishing its new distribution center in Liberty County. I look forward to seeing the new opportunities this facility will create for hardworking Georgians in the region.

US-owned HMI has locations around the world, with recognized brands in its portfolio including Pulaski Furniture, Samuel Lawrence Furniture, Samuel Lawrence Hospitality, Prime Resources International, Accentrics Home and HMIdea. Liberty County will become one of its strategically located distribution centers, which can reach nearly the entire U.S. population in 36 hours, reducing transportation costs and increasing operational efficiency. The proximity of the locations to the Port of Savannah played a major role in the project, as the company is expected to import more than 8,000 units of freight containers per year.

We are pleased with the opportunity to better support our customers by consolidating our HMI inventory in this state-of-the-art 800,000 square foot facility located near the Great Port of Savannah, said Paul B. Toms Jr., President and CEO of Hooker Furniture Corporation. As the strong demand for products served from our warehouses continues to increase, this will allow us to grow better. The State of Georgia, the Liberty County Development Authority and the developer, Safavieh, have been great partners to work with. We value the workforce in this field and look forward to contributing to the local economy and getting involved in the community, as we are in every community where we operate.

HMI will occupy a brand new 800,000 square foot custom built facility located at the Tradeport East Business Center in Liberty County. Employment opportunities with the company will include warehouse supervisors, shipping and receiving administrators, forklift operators, inventory control coordinators, and loader / unloader positions. Those interested in a job can find out more by visiting the Careers page at www.homemeridian.com.

Tradeport East Business Center is a GRAD (Georgia Ready for Accelerated Development) certified park. To gain certification from the GRAD program, a property must undergo due diligence and complete specific certification requirements prior to a visit to a potential business. Completing the GRAD certification program with the Georgia Department of Economic Development is a proactive way that community planners and landowners can help catalyze economic growth and industrial development in the regions they serve. Since the launch of the GDEcDs GRAD certification program, more than 8,000 jobs have been created on GRAD sites.

We are happy and delighted that HMI, a company renowned for being a good corporate citizen, has chosen Tradeport East Business Center as the best location on the Georgia coast to make a substantial investment for its future growth, said Allen Brown, chairman of the Liberty County Development Authority. Like the other companies that have gone before them in selecting and investing in Tradeport East, we are confident that HMI will also find Liberty County to be a prime location for Come Grow Global!

In September, the Port of Savannah served the largest ship ever to arrive on the US east coast. The Georgia Ports Authority also announced that August was the best month on record for ports, following news that the port had been granted status as the country’s top port for U.S. exports.

The Georgia Ports Authority is proud to support the expansion of jobs and opportunities in Liberty County, said Griff Lynch, executive director of the Georgia Ports Authority. Georgia’s unparalleled connectivity by road and rail, combined with the Port of Savannah’s vast global network, makes this state ideal for logistics operations such as HMIs.

The Georgia Department of Economic Development was represented in this competitive project by Hank Evans, Director of the Global Trade Division of Logistics, Energy, Agribusiness and Food Projects, in partnership with Liberty County Development Authority, the Georgia Ports Authority and Georgia Power.

HMI’s decision to establish a presence in Georgia shows that the growth of the global e-commerce industry is supported by our logistics network. This includes Georgia’s ports, road infrastructure, our rail system, and the world’s busiest airport, said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. Congratulations to our Liberty County Economic Development Partners and thank them for helping to win this project for Georgia and proactively achieve GRAD certification for this site.

About Hooker Furniture

Hooker Furniture Corporation (NASDAQ: HOFT), in its 97th year of operation, is a designer, distributor and importer of wood and metal furniture, leather and fabric upholstery for the residential, hotel and contract markets. . The company also manufactures premium leather residential furniture and custom fabric upholstery in the country. It is ranked among the nation’s largest sources of publicly traded furniture, based on 2019 shipments to U.S. retailers, according to a 2020 survey by a leading trade publication.

About Home Meridian International

Furnishing the Future is not just a mantra, but a corporate operating standard at HMI, a division of Hooker Furniture. HMI is a next generation global design and marketing company. Proud parent of a family of brands that spans a wide range of furniture categories, HMI is uniquely positioned to use economies of scale to create exceptional value for its retail and e-commerce partners. With a commitment to adaptability and continuous improvement, HMI delivers the right product at the right time, at the right price.

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