Shaw Industries plans closure of Patrick County plant by the end of 2017

Published: Oct. 31, 2017 at 6:20 PM EDT
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A manufacturing facility that employs more than 150 people will shut down by the end of 2017, according to information from a business advocacy group.

A spokesperson for the Patrick County Chamber of Commerce tells WDBJ7 that Shaw Industries in Stuart is shutting down at the end of the year.

Employees learned today that they will be allowed to transfer to other locations within the company, according to the Chamber spokesperson. Town council was informed of the closure on Monday, the Chamber spokesperson said.

A spokesperson from Shaw Industries released a statement regarding the company's closure:

Shaw continually evaluates the best way to meet customer needs and adapts our operations accordingly. As demand for flooring products shifts, Shaw is adjusting its solid hardwood production capacity. This realignment will result in the closure of the company’s solid hardwood manufacturing facility in Stuart, Virginia facility, known as Plant HT. Production at this facility will continue through December 2017 or early January 2018. The company will continue to operate its three other solid hardwood manufacturing facilities and remains committed to bringing fresh styling and design to customers with multiple product introductions planned for 2018. Impacted Shaw associates will be given the opportunity to relocate to other Shaw facilities should they choose.

The Stuart facility currently has 160 employees.