Shaw rumors untrue

Published 12:04 am Saturday, August 1, 2015

Rumors were swirling earlier this week that Shaw Industries was laying off employees, but those rumors have been debunked by Shaw officials.

“As a normal course of business, Shaw evaluates the needs of the plant and makes adjustments to jobs and positions as needed to meet the production demands of the business,” said HR manager Beth Legg. “Currently, we do not foresee any changes that will require mandatory layoff of any of our employees.”

Earlier this summer, the company announced it would lay off 267 employees at its Bainbridge, Ga. Plant 70 and 160 employees at its Valley Head plant.

“The layoffs announced for the Shaw plants in Valley Head, Ala., and Bainbridge, Ga., are isolated to those operations because of the type of material they manufacture,” Human Resources Director for Shaw’s manufacturing and distribution divisions Al Scruggs said previously. “We continually review and adjust production to match market demands. While we take a long-view of the business, we also look at more short-term sales and staffing forecasts to ensure we are aligned with the market and making incremental changes as necessary to avoid large swings in capacity.”

Locally, the plant employs around 1,200 employees and has four, 12-hour shifts.

Shaw, a carpet and flooring manufacturer, is a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Co., and is based in Dalton, Ga.