published Friday, November 4th, 2011

Beaulieu to close second Dalton plant

Beaulieu of America announced today it will close its Dalton Model Plant, effective Jan. 2, and lay off 150 more mill workers.

The Dalton carpet company, which announced two weeks ago it was closing the adjacent Riverbend plant in Dalton by the end of the year, blamed the latest plant closing on “a continued sluggish economy and reduced carpet demand.”

Combined, the two plant closings will cost Dalton 320 jobs.

“These two closures (Riverbend and Model) will allow our remaining tufting mills to operate on a more efficient basis,” Beaulieu CEO Ralph Boe said.

Boe said the tufting and dying operations at the Model Plant will be phased-out over the next two months and be absorbed by other Beaulieu facilities. Beaulieu said it “will make every effort to offer Model Plant associates other opportunities” elsewhere in the company.

“This is regrettable but necessary,” Boe said in a statement today.

Beaulieu is the nation’s third biggest carpet maker and recently secured $230 million in loan refinancing to help sustain the company.

about Dave Flessner...

Dave Flessner is the business editor for the Times Free Press. A journalist for 35 years, Dave has been business editor and projects editor for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, city editor for The Chattanooga Times, business and county reporter for the Chattanooga Times, correspondent for the Lansing State Journal and Ingham County News in Michigan, staff writer for the Hastings Daily Tribune in Nebraska, and news director for WCBN-FM in Michigan. Dave, a native ...

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cheesy_rider said...

Good-bye Beaulieu !... Hello sluggish economy!

November 4, 2011 at 10:28 p.m.
hcirehttae said...

CEO bonuses on their way - ho ho ho, Merry Christmas!

November 4, 2011 at 10:49 p.m.
Wilder said...

Most Americans would be appalled if they were aware of the atrocities that the carpet industry committed against their fellow citizens in Dalton. It would make their wall to wall dirt and allergen magnet floor products even less attractive.

Allergy-proof your house with these simple changes and find relief: Remove carpeting...

November 4, 2011 at 11:32 p.m.
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