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Simmons Bedding Closing Georgia Plant

Chairman says the decision comes amid 'excess capacity' after the company expanded operations and 'difficult times' in the bedding and home furnishings industries.

ATLANTA (AP) -- Atlanta-based Simmons Bedding will close a Mableton plant and lay off 103 employees this month.

Simmons Chairman and CEO Charlie Eitel says the Sept. 18 layoffs come amid "excess capacity" after the company expanded operations and "difficult times" in the bedding and home furnishings industries.

The plant had reduced shifts from two to one this spring, cut about 50 jobs and transfered operations to a plant in Dallas.

Local manufacturing will move to plants in Waycross and Charlotte, N.C.

The pullback reduces from 22 to 20 the company's North American plant network. Company leaders say there are no plans to close any other plants.

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