Citing the need for greater production efficiency and cost control, Shaw Industries said it will close Plant LW, a laminate production facility in Algona, Wash., by early July. The move will affect approximately 62 employees. The company said it will consolidate its laminate manufacturing operations into one facility, located in Ringgold, Ga., and streamline its processing and distribution channels during the transition.
“With a majority of the output of Plant LW being shipped to our facilities in the Southeast, we have a significant opportunity to improve the overall level of service that we can provide to our customers,” said Bill Barron, vp manufacturing. “Consolidating our laminate production into one state-of-the-art facility will help us to better control our manufacturing, distribution, and warehouse costs while making more effective use of support and technical resources.
Shaw is taking steps to aid affected employees. The company said it will work with employees and the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries to assist in explaining benefits, providing out-placement, and supporting any retraining assistance programs. Additionally, Shaw will be contacting regional employers to help identify future career opportunities for affected employees.
“While the housing market remains depressed, Shaw is confident that by continually improving our production and transportation efficiencies, we are enhancing our level of customer service and better positioning the company for the eventual rebound.” Barron added. “Closing the Algona facility is not a reflection on our people at Plant LW. Shaw is greatly appreciative of their years of service.”