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WPS shuts plant, reviews production

West Point, GA — WestPoint Stevens today said it will decide the future of its Lanier Plant in Valley, AL, after the curtailment of operations there to realign capacity with other facilities better equipped to produce popular sheeting styles.

About 300 employees will be laid off — placed on leaves of absence or, where possible, offered jobs elsewhere within the company. Lanier opened in 1967 and houses two plants under the same roof. Its sister plant, Carter, was converted from sheeting to towel production in 2002.

Bed products manufacturing vp Robert Lanier explained, "Lanier Plant is an excellent facility that can possibly be well used for other purposes, but unfortunately it is equipped to run styles that are no longer in demand. With the more modern machinery that we have at other facilities, it makes the most sense to focus our capacity on these plants."

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