Shaw Industries Closing Georgia Plant

Carpet fiber plant in Fitzgerald closing in November; 556 workers affected.

TIFTON, Ga. (AP) — All 556 workers at the Shaw Industries manufacturing plant in Fitzgerald will be affected by the plant's closure in November, the state Department of Labor said Friday.
The agency pledged to help the employees of the carpet fiber plant.
''The closure of the plant at Shaw Industries will create a difficult situation for the workers and the community,'' commissioner Michael Thurmond said in a statement.
Thurmond said the agency will work with company management to offer service for laid-off workers, which could range from unemployment compensation to job-search training.
The plant had been in operation since 1983. Last August, Shaw closed one of its Tifton plants and 228 people lost their jobs.
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