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WestPoint Stevens To Close Two Manufacturing Plants

WestPoint Stevens, West Point, Ga., announced that in keeping with its Eight-Point Program of restructuring, it will close the Rosemary Greige Plant, Roanoke Rapids, N.C., and its Liebhardt subsidiarys plant in Union, S.C. The Rosemary Plant will operate on a four-day-week schedule until January, when shutdown of the plant will get underway. Some 450 employees will be affected. Liebhardt, a basic-bedding subsidiary of WestPoint Stevens, will close its plant at the end of the year, affecting approximately 155 employees.We are rationalizing manufacturing and streamlining for optimum flexibility in meeting changing market demand and to enhance customer service, said Lanny L. Bledsoe, senior vice president, manufacturing. However, with the three other Rosemary facilities continuing to operate, WestPoint Stevens looks forward to a significant presence in the Roanoke Rapids industrial community, he added.

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