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WestPoint Stevens Continues Eight-Point Program

WestPoint Stevens Continues Eight-Point Program WestPoint Stevens Inc., West Point, Ga., announced plans to close its Seneca, S.C., sheeting plant, which has been in operation since 1898. The decision is part of the continuation of WestPoints Eight-Point Program, and the expense associated with this initiative was included in the $195 million pretax restructuring charge announced in June 2000. Some 468 employees will be affected, although a limited number will move to jobs at other nearby WestPoint Stevens plants.Because of significant modernization in the company, we are now able to consolidate manufacturing into facilities that provide the most efficient work flow, and the production at Seneca is no longer necessary, said Lanny L. Bledsoe, senior vice president, manufacturing.Weve also gained more capacity in our overall operations through technological advances, so that we no longer need the physical capacity we once required, Bledsoe continued. And our Eight-Point Program calls for us to source both components and finished goods from outside production when it makes more sense for us to buy than to make them, he added. March 2001