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.