Representatives of Shaw Industries Group, Inc. announced Thursday afternoon that about 200 employees at Cartersville’s Plant 12 are expected to be transferred to other facilities over the next five months.
Shaw representative Dana Hartline indicated the transitions are anticipated to be completed by the beginning of 2021.
“Affected associates will be transferred to other commercial manufacturing locations in Cartersville where possible, and/or given the opportunity to fill open positions throughout the company,” Hartline told The Daily Tribune News.
At this point, she said there are no plans to permanently close the Plant 12 facility, nor are there any plans to permanently downsize Shaw’s commercial broadloom manufacturing operations in the region.
“Equipment will be moved to other Shaw facilities, including expanding and enhancing operations at Plant 13, also in Cartersville,” she said. “The current building footprint and infrastructure supports those needs. There will not be external building expansion.”
Shaw Executive Vice President of Operations David Morgan stated that the facility off Joe Frank Harris Parkway primarily manufactures products for the hospitality and retail sectors — two industries that are among the hardest hit by the economic repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“By consolidating operations and moving equipment to other facilities now, we can improve service and deliver maximum value in the market,” Morgan is quoted in a press release. “The associates at Plant 12 have been integral to the growth and success of our commercial business. We look forward to continuing our work together as they move into other Shaw facilities.”
Hartline also indicated that Plant 12 employees who are transferred to other facilities are not expected to experience any reductions in wages or benefits.
As to whether Plant 12 employees may be offered positions outside of Bartow County, Hartline said “that will be determined on a case-by-case basis."