Shaw Industries, the largest employer in northwest Georgia. said Thursday it will close Plant 23 on Abutment Road in Dalton as it consolidates residential carpet production in other facilities.
“The associates at Plant 23 have been instrumental in creating exceptional quality products. As the consolidation process begins, Shaw’s human resources team will assist them with internal job opportunities and one-on-one consultations with Shaw’s talent management team,” said Mark Hartline, Shaw vice president of human resources. “Supporting associates during this transition is our highest priority.”
The plant employs about 275 workers.
"All of those associates will have an opportunity to apply for other open positions in northwest Georgia," said Susan Farris, Shaw's vice president of corporate marketing and communications. "It will happen between now and May. As associates find other positions, we'll begin to transition and fully close that facility in May."
Farris said the facility is an older one, and its production will be moved to more modern facilities with newer equipment in the Dalton area.
Shaw employs some 7,000 in Whitfield County, and about 14,000 in northwest Georgia. It employs around 22,000 worldwide.
"I don't think this indicates any downturn in the housing market or any reason to worry about a larger economic downturn," said Rob Bradham, president of the Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce.