Sylvania yarn plant to close; 150 to lose job

Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2009 9:48 PM
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Sylvania Yarn Systems Inc. announced this afternoon that it will close its carpet yarn manufacturing plant by the end of the year, putting 150 full-time employees out of work and ending a 40-year history in the county.

The company cited “the severe recession that the carpet industry has experienced for over a year, and the subsequent reduction in customer order volume at its plant,” the Sylvania Telephone reported today.

The company “plans an orderly wind-down of operations by year-end,” it said in a news release. SYS avoided a similar fate in 1995, when employees organized to buy the plant from BASF and keep it open.

“We just weren’t able to pull the rabbit out of the hat again,” said Don Aaron, president of the company. He has worked there 31 years.

The Telephone reported that the company notified city and county officials to tell them about the planned closing. They also contacted the Georgia Department of Labor and its State Rapid Response Team to coordinate on-site services for employees and help with job search efforts.

“We will also be coordinating with other employers throughout the region in an attempt to match the very capable people who will be displaced from our workforce with all available openings,” Mr. Aaron said.

“We regret the impact of this plant closing on our loyal and hard-working employees,” said Harry Batty, chief executive officer of SYS. “Our yarn products largely support manufacturers of commercial and residential carpeting. The customers of those firms have been severely impacted by the ongoing housing crisis, the downturn in the commercial real estate markets as well as the ongoing credit crisis. These factors have significantly reduced demand for our products.”

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humbleopinion
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humbleopinion 10/07/09 - 09:27 pm
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Another casualty of the OBAMA

Another casualty of the OBAMA recession.

lawyerdude
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lawyerdude 10/07/09 - 10:08 pm
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Humble, please explain how

Humble, please explain how Obama is responsible for this recession. I am all ears.

WMartin
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WMartin 10/07/09 - 10:38 pm
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Definitely a casualty of

Definitely a casualty of Obama's failure to keep his promises. He said 8% unemployment - he lied. Both he and Biden have proclaimed that the economy "has turned around" every month for the past 3 months - yet unemployment increases, consumer confidence sinks, the national debt rises to nearly $2 Trillion dollars, the price of food soars, home values sink, property taxes rise, foreclosures rise, visits to mental health resources rise. Obama lied lied lied.

andrew412
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andrew412 10/07/09 - 10:50 pm
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Well, I hear that Obama

Well, I hear that Obama called the plant owner personally and asked him to shut the facility down just so unemployment would go up. ...sound crazy right?... not as crazy as the fools in posts #1 and #3. If it were actually possible to blame the recession on one person, it certainly wouldn't be Obama. *cough*bush*cough*

jsherrill
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jsherrill 10/07/09 - 11:26 pm
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President Bush is no longer

President Bush is no longer in office. All the stimulus money has yet to reduce the rate of unemployment or allow industries to slow layoffs or plant closures. That is President Obama and his administration.

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omnomnom 10/08/09 - 04:31 am
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although I am loath to parrot

although I am loath to parrot anything that comes out of Glenn Beck's blowhole.. are you stimulated yet? I just found out I'm getting the axe myself in January.

Grasshopper
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Grasshopper 10/08/09 - 04:57 am
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People do not understand, the

People do not understand, the weaker dollar is causing raw materials to sky rocket. The increase in the markets is inflation caused from the weaker dollar. http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/quote?ticker=DXY%3AIND ...... See chart. The dollar is on a steady fall, DUE TO GOVERNMENT SPENDING, and the Fed's manipulation of interest rates.

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terry67 10/08/09 - 06:35 am
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Cheap crappy carpet from

Cheap crappy carpet from CHINA is most likely the cause.... Our government has allowed CHINA to dump cheap crap on us for DECADES and it's going to continue to the point where the US does no manufacturing! Then we will really be screwed! Oh and Mexico is right there with them. I worked in a plant that lost out to cheap Mexican labor!

gaspringwater
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gaspringwater 10/08/09 - 07:01 am
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jsherrill - You're right

jsherrill - You're right about Bush being out of office and thank God for that! But we're still suffering with his legency and it'll take a long time for this country to heal. The train wrecked on his shift.

themaninthemirror
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themaninthemirror 10/08/09 - 07:37 am
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I personally think that the

I personally think that the fact that Sylvania Yarns plant is an independent plant and not part of a larger conglomerate had a large role in their reduction of business. Since Sylvania is a rural community and not close to any city with major manufacturing facilities, it will be difficult for those people to transfer their skills to a similar job. I wish them all luck.

disssman
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disssman 10/08/09 - 10:14 am
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Bush may not be in office but

Bush may not be in office but the dozens of lopsided trade bills he signed are still in effect and will be for many years. Of course he has been unavailable since leaving office for any comments on the economy. I wonder how many joints he has gone thru in the past 8 months? Has anyone else noticed his complete absence from the public view?

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