La-Z-Boy Inc. closed Pilliod Furniture's Swanton, OH,
manufacturing plant in September. Pilliod is a subsidiary of LADD Furniture, a La-Z-Boy company. The closure eliminated 130 of
Pilliod's 830 workers. In January, the company introduced Explorer,
a recliner designed to be used with Microsoft's WebTV Plus.
Explorer has a tray table that folds out of the left arm and holds an
infrared keyboard, a high-speed laptop modem jack and an electrical
outlet. In March, the company appointed David M. Risley as senior vice
president and CFO.