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Whiting Mfg. shuts its doors

Michele SanFilippo, Staff Staff -- Home Textiles Today, February 23, 2004

Whiting Manufacturing is closing down its manufacturing operations, leaving 180 employees out of work in 60 days' time.

The privately held company began producing comforters in 1949 and has since expanded its business to include all textile products for the bedroom. Whiting discontinued pillow production in 2000 with the closing of its Cincinnati plant and consolidated operations in its Kentucky facility. The company has been trying to consolidate its business over the last three years.

"We are working with our customers and suppliers to fulfill our commitments," said president and CEO Dick Whiting. "Our production operation is efficient, but we can't really compete with the imports on price."

Except for the importation of sheets, the company has always made its bedding products domestically. Jerry Momper, vice president of sales, will coordinate the wind down of business and inventories.

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