- Associated Press - Saturday, June 6, 2015

MONROE, Mich. (AP) - Furniture maker La-Z-Boy Inc. is showing off its new global headquarters in southeastern Michigan.

The Monroe-based company marked the opening of a roughly $60 million facility with a reception and ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday evening. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and actress-pitchwoman Brooke Shields were among the speakers.

The headquarters sits in two communities, Monroe and neighboring Frenchtown Township. It is about a mile from its previous location that dates to the Great Depression.

The new three-story, 200,000 square-foot building includes open areas designed for employees to work together.

“It’s a beautiful facility and I would like to work here,” Shields said. “The building is a testament to how far La-Z-Boy has come.”

The nearly 90-year-old company acquired 120 acres of pristine land managed by the Roman Catholic nuns of the Servants of Immaculate Heart of Mary. The headquarters sits on 40 acres and company officials plan to preserve the remaining 80 acres, The Detroit News reported.

“It all started with this amazing piece of property and the sisters’ faith that we would be good stewards of their land,” La-Z-Boy CEO Kurt Darrow said at Friday’s event.

Snyder said the building blends tradition with innovation.

“When you look around here, you see the best of Michigan, you see the history in this state,” he said. “This place represents the Michigan of the future and will set the tone of our legacy.”

The Detroit News and The Monroe News reported that 500 workers moved into the new building in March from the previous headquarters.

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