Springs to merge two plants, close part of one
October 22, 2001,
Springs Industries, citing increased competitiveness throughout the industry, announced plans to merge two of its facilities and close part of a third.
The major mill's Leroy Plant, located in Fort Lawn, SC, will have its carding and yarn departments closed by July 2002. However, the weaving operation, which employs 160, will continue to operate.
Although Springs announced that affected employees will have first priority to fill positions within the company, approximately 190 workers will be laid off.
"While we regret the disruption this announcement will have on our associates and their families, it is a necessary step we must take to remain competitive," said Bill Easley, president of textile manufacturing for the Fort Mill, SC-based mill. "Over the next several months, we will be trying to find as many opportunities as we can. We have had good success finding jobs for people before, and we will work diligently to identify and reserve jobs for these affected associates."