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By John Golden, Watertown Daily Times, N.Y. Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News
Dec. 30--Forty percent of the 151 Lewis County residents who lost their jobs earlier this year with the closing of the Ethan Allen Inc. furniture plant in Boonville have found new employment.
The plant, a 50-year economic mainstay in northern Oneida County, employed 266 workers when Ethan Allen last spring announced the company's Boonville division would be closed. The move was made, said Farooq Kathwari, the corporation's chairman and chief executive officer in Danbury, Conn., to increase manufacturing efficiency by consolidating operations at three other Ethan Allen plants in the United States.
The Boonville plant, …