STEVENSON, Ala. (AP) -- Shaw Industries has announced it will close its carpet yarn plant in Stevenson, cutting hundreds of jobs.
According to the Georgia-based company, the move will eliminate 400 jobs in the small Jackson County town of 2,000. Shaw Industries had been considered Stevenson's largest employer.
Executive vice president Hal Long said in a new release Thursday that plant operations will be phased out over the next several weeks.
He said less demand and an over supply of yarn and prompted the decision to close the Stevenson plant.
The U.S. textile and apparel industry has lost thousands of jobs since the mid-90s.