WestPoint Stevens Closing N.C. Plant; Eliminating 800 Jobs

Plant closing is part of company's reorganization plan; 370 jobs were eliminated in August 2006.

WAGRAM, N.C. (AP) – WestPoint Stevens, the textile manufacturer, has announced that it will close a Scotland County plant and layoff more than 800 workers by April 2007. On Friday, employees were told of the closing.

According to Jim Frank Henderson, president of the Laurinburg/Scotland County Area Chamber of Commerce, the Bob Stevens Fabrication Plant in Wagram, which makes towels, will close part of its manufacturing facility by mid-January and the distribution facility will close by April.

WestPoint Stevens, based in West Point, GA, is Scotland County's largest employer. In June 2003, the  company filed for reorganization in U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

The layoffs announced Friday are in addition to the 370 layoffs the company announced four months ago, Henderson said.

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