Shaw Closing Clinton Plant, Eliminating 120 Local Jobs

A company now employing 120 people in Laurens County is closing the local facility. Shaw Industries Group of Dalton, Georgia announced a plan to shift production from its engineered hardwood manufacturing facility near Clinton to other Shaw operations in the Southeast. The statement indicates this is to most effectively meet customer needs. This process is beginning immediately and is to be complete by mid-August. The Clinton facility is referred to by Shaw as “Plant H5.”

Mark Hartline, senior director of human resources at Shaw, said, “As we realign our manufacturing operations, we will help associates identify new job opportunities at Shaw and in the region.”

The 120 associates currently employed at the facility will have the opportunity to apply for open positions available at Shaw’s other locations in South Carolina (including Columbia and Aiken) and throughout the U.S. Shaw will also partner with the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce Rapid Response team and organize career fairs with other employers in the area.

State and local entities are meeting to start the process of helping Shaw employees develop resumes and retrain for jobs that are available in our area.

In announcing the move of their work out of Laurens County, Shaw states it has invested more than $1.5 billion in its people, processes and products throughout the Untied States, including numerous expansion and modernization efforts that are now underway throughout the Southeast. Shaw’s statement indicates it continually evaluates the most effective ways to meet ever-changing customer demands and innovates and adjusts operations accordingly.

Shaw employs 22,000 people. Headquartered in Dalton, Georgia, Shaw is a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshine Hathaway with more than $6 Billion annual revenue from a variety of brand names manufactured.