Feb. 7—Parkdale Mills plans to close its Plant 40 in Graniteville permanently at the end of March and 135 employees will be laid off, according to Will Williams, president and CEO of the Western SC Economic Development Partnership.
He said that conditions have been difficult in their market and that he was taking steps to maintain their business strength during a Tuesday telephone interview with the Aiken Standard.
Plant 40 is located at 418 Ascauga Lake Road.
Williams stated that there are 150 employees and that 135 of them will be fired. Williams said that 15 of the other employees will be transferred to another location. I was told that.
Parkdale Mills website states that the company is “the leading manufacturer of spun yarns in the world.”
Parkdale’s Corporate Headquarters is located in Gastonia North Carolina.
Apart from South Carolina and North Carolina plants, the company’s factories are also located in Alabama and Georgia.
Williams spoke out about Plant 40’s imminent shutdown. The good news is that those who want to work will be able to continue doing so. There are many opportunities available in this community.
Williams stated that “We (the Economic Development Partnership), have already started reaching out to our other producers, which in turn have reached out (to plant 40) to get these folks reemployed as fast as possible,” Williams continued.
Parkdale Mills management was contacted by The Aiken Standard via telephone and email. This story was published on the deadline. No responses were received.
In January, there was a fire at Plant 40. According to an Aiken standard article about the fire, there were no injuries.