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Applications Now Online for Tacoma Distribution Center Opening Spring 2008

Contact:Joseph Roth 610-834-0180,x6500

TACOMA, WA, November 5, 2007 – IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today announced the recruitment program for its future northwestern U.S. distribution center in Tacoma, WA, which will begin receiving pallets in spring of next year. The distribution center will be the Swedish company’s seventh in North America, with the closest store, in Renton, WA, having opened in 1994. Candidates interested in working at the much-heralded employer of choice should apply online ( for all positions available at the future Tacoma Distribution Center. Candidates without access to a home computer are encouraged to visit a local recreation center or library for online computer access.

Although the future Tacoma distribution center is still progressing through construction and outfitting phases, prospective coworkers are welcome to apply for the almost 125 diverse coworker positions available in: facility management, operations support, business support, systems management, inventory control, safety & security, and warehouse receiving.

“We are thrilled to offer interested jobseekers diverse positions with limitless opportunity at a global company,” said Patrick Wedig, manager of the future IKEA Northwestern Distribution Center. “At IKEA, we realize that the ability to do the things in life that bring success and happiness is extremely valuable to our coworkers.”

Named in FORTUNE’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list (three consecutive years), Working Mother magazine’s annual list of the “100 Best Companies for Working Mothers” (four consecutive years) and Training magazine’s annual “Top 100” ranking of companies that excel at human capital development (five consecutive years), IKEA places value and emphasis on coworkers’ personal lives and the importance of a work/life balance.

Drawing from the company’s Swedish heritage, IKEA is committed to a flexible workplace that emphasizes a work/life balance and provides professional opportunities to people from all life situations. If an IKEA coworker needs to take time off to find a nursing home for an aging parent, be home to kiss their child before bed or have flexible scheduling to best juggle caring for a newborn, one can do so without worrying about risking their career aspirations.

IKEA offers family-friendly initiatives and diverse workplace benefits including full medical/dental insurance to coworkers working 20 hours or more per week with eligibility for domestic partners and children. Coworkers working less than 20 hours still are eligible for medical and dental insurance.

Other benefits include: vacation, paid maternity/paternity leave and paid time off for child adoption, tuition assistance, 401(k) match, professional development, training and mentoring programs and, of course, a discount on IKEA purchases. The organization puts career opportunity into the hands of the individual, encouraging coworkers to consider assignments within different functions, at other IKEA stores or even in other countries. IKEA prides itself on the fact that an opportunity to work at IKEA truly can evolve into a career, and also can serve as a gateway to global experience as well.

Under construction on 65 acres at the Frederickson Industrial Area in unincorporated Pierce County, WA, the one million square-foot distribution center is creating 500 construction jobs. Once open, the facility will welcome 125 coworkers into the IKEA family of more than 11,000 coworkers in the U.S., and 120,000 globally. A Northwestern distribution center will allow IKEA to receive goods at the Port of Tacoma, to manage its inventory and to distribute product to stores throughout North America, with a focus on IKEA stores in the Pacific Northwest. The first phase of the project consists of an 834,000 square-foot facility to be operational by Spring 2008, with a potential future expansion of approximately 220,000 square feet after the initial building is up and running.

The goods received through the Port of Tacoma will reflect the nearly 10,000 exclusively designed items currently sold at all IKEA stores. With more than 1,350 suppliers in 50 countries around the world, IKEA globally transports products to its stores through regional distribution centers. This Tacoma Distribution Center will provide the primary inventory to four IKEA stores in Western Canada, one in Renton, WA, and stores that opened this year in Draper, UT and Portland, OR. The facility also will be able to supply other stores across the country as needed.

IKEA believes home is the most important place in the world and, since its 1943 founding in Sweden, has offered a wide range of home furnishings and accessories of good design and function, at low prices so the majority of the people can afford them. As part of this commitment to create a better everyday life for the many people, IKEA incorporates environmentally and socially responsible efforts into day-to-day business, strives to be an employer of choice, and continually supports initiatives that benefit causes such as children and the environment.

The unique and family-friendly IKEA shopping experience currently can be found at more than 260 IKEA stores in 36 countries, including 32 in the U.S., where stores are being planned in: Brooklyn, NY; Charlotte, NC; Orlando, FL; Somerville, MA; and Tampa, FL. Other distribution centers in North America include facilities in: Bristol, PA; Brossard, QC; Perryville, MD; Savannah, GA; Tejon, CA; Vancouver, BC; and Westampton, NJ. To visit the IKEA Web site or for information about working at IKEA, please go to