WestPoint Stevens Eliminating 800 Jobs in Abbeville

The fate of several hundred jobs in Abbeville and Henry County were determined Tuesday as workers at a textile plant were told their workplace would shut down.

As you drive through Abbeville on Highway 431, the WestPoint Stevens plant dominates the area. The facility that occupies more than 100 acres and sees nearly 800 workers come through its doors every day, is going to be shut down.

This information came from the New York office of WestPoint Home Tuesday.

Plants in Alabama, Florida and Georgia will cease operation as soon as August, leaving the city of Abbeville in a very tight position.

Denny Weber, with the Chamber of Commerce said, “With all the local business there's four banks here and some retailers and most of the people who worked out there also lived here and a lot of them used Abbeville for their basic needs.”

Fortunately, there are around 50 positions at WestPoint Stevens that won't be affected. That's because they're unaffiliated with the bedding department that's closing.

WestPoint Home has applied to the Department of Labor for assistance for its terminated employees.


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  • by Anonymous on Jun 1, 2007 at 09:29 PM
    How do we expect business to come here when nobody is looking. Some of the people that are suppose to be trying to bring in business already own businesses here. Why do they want to bring in a business that may pay more per hour than they are having to pay now. They will just have to pay more or lose their workers. We'll never get anywhere here in Abbeville as long as this is the case. Plain and simple.
  • by phil Location: pensacola on May 30, 2007 at 10:29 AM
    It is past time for the city and State officials to get busy and bring more business to this town. Eufaula is just up the road to the North and Dothan to the South their community leaders have planned for the future unlike Abbeville.
  • by TheTruthTeller on May 30, 2007 at 04:03 AM
    Thanks to NAFTA for the insane Idea that the United States owes the rest of the world something. If your loosing your job thanks to your elected officials for sending jobs over seas. But there is a upside those same products will be on Sale soon carrying a foreign label China,Mexico or other maybe Korea and they will be cheap! They Just Won't be made by American Workers Just what our country needs,,,Fewer Jobs!
  • by BEVERLY Location: HEADLAND on May 29, 2007 at 11:34 PM
    I WAS SO HURT TO HEAR THE NEWS ,BUT I SEEN IT COMING,SO I MOVEDON TO ANOTHER JOB,I WISH THAT THEY COULD HAVEDID MORE TO KEEP IT OPEN,AND I HOPED THEY DO GOOD TO THE EMPLOYEETHAT WAS STILL THERE.
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