Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Waynesboro: Mohawk Industries to close

~120 SWAC area residents to lose jobs~

In another blow to the Central Shenandoah Valley, Mohawk Industries of Waynesboro has announced it will close on December 18 causing 120 SWAC area residents to lose their jobs. Today's Waynesboro News Virginian has the story:
Although the largest flooring producer in the world, the drop in new home construction and corresponding lack of carpet demand has challenged Mohawk, said Kemp Harr, publisher of Floor Focus Magazine. The carpet market is down about 35 percent since its peak in 2005.
The plant is now about half the size it was a year ago, going through two layoffs earlier that laid off almost 120 employees. The continued lethargic housing market is behind the lackluster sales of carpeting at a plant that has been a Waynesboro employer since the 1950s.

Another company out of business ... another 120 employees, some who live in Augusta County, out of work. Are the free-spending Augusta County supervisors paying attention?

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