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Pillowtex Fills Positions At Kannapolis Facilities

Pillowtex Fills PositionsAt Kannapolis FacilitiesPillowtex Corp. has begun to fill 200 positions at its facilities in Kannapolis, N.C., as a result of the companys decision to relocate operations from Columbus, Ga., and Phenix City, Ala., to Kannapolis. The consolidation is an attempt to improve efficiencies throughout manufacturing operations.Pillowtex hopes to rehire workers laid off in previous restructuring efforts affecting Plant One and Plant Four in Kannapolis.We are glad to be able to rehire some of the people who were impacted by layoffs in Kannapolis. However, we realize that while the news of 200 positions in Kannapolis is positive for our employee base in this community, our employees in Phenix City and Columbus are facing the loss of jobs, which is always a difficult time, said Allen Oakley, executive vice president of manufacturing operations.Since filing for Chapter 11 reorganization in November 2000, Pillowtex has taken steps to eliminate manufacturing overcapacity and maximize efficiency by consolidating and relocating some of its operations. April 2002