Shaw Industries Group Responds to Layoffs

Posted at 6:07 PM, Jun 09, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-10 08:02:54-04

BAINBRIDGE, Ga. (WTXL)--We're now hearing from Shaw Industries Group, Inc. The company is laying off more than 250 workers in Bainbridge because it's doing some realignment within the company.

The carpet fiber plant located on Industrial boulevard. The layoffs start in September of this year with the final reductions wrapping up in late October.

The company's human resources director Al Scruggs addressed the layoffs in a statement:

"Shaw Industries Group, Inc. is re-aligning its production capacity to better service its customers. Over the past months, we have increased capacity at our fiber extrusion facilities in North Georgia and South Carolina to take advantage of technology investments that we have made in these facilities. With this realignment, we will be reducing capacity at Plant 70 in Bainbridge, Georgia resulting in the reduction of 256 jobs. These positions will begin being impacted in September of this year, with the final reductions completed in late October.

 As the time for the reductions is nearer, Shaw's Human Resources professionals along with the Georgia Department of Economic Development's Rapid Response Team, will be providing counsel to associates, explaining benefits and retraining opportunities and providing out-placement. Shaw will also work with the Rapid Response Team to set up a local job fair.

 In the last 18 months, Shaw has announced investments of $342 million to expand its U.S. operations in hardwood, resilient, carpet tile, extrusion, distribution, and recycling. At full capacity, these expansions will create almost 1,000 jobs throughout the Southeast. As we continue to grow, we will continually adjust production to match market demands and to leverage our investments in more advanced technology."