Liebhardt Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of WestPoint Stevens Inc., West Point, Ga., recently
announced it will establish a new manufacturing plant in Coushatta, La. Plant start up is expected
this month.Liebhardt is a leading manufacturer of pillows, mattress pads and related basic bedding.
It entered into a lease agreement with the city of Coushatta in August for a 145,000-square-foot
building.This is a modern facility, well suited to our manufacturing needs, said William T. Walker,
president and chief operating officer of Liebhardt.Coushatta has a population of approximately
3,000. Liebhardt said it anticipates employing 100 to 150 people by the end of 2000.The new plant
will produce bed pillows, mattress pads and various items for the home crafts and decorative pillow
market.The establishment of the new plant in Coushatta is a clear indication of our continued
intention to support our customers growth plans, said Thomas J. Ward, WestPoint Stevens president
and chief operating officer.Additional manufacturing capacity will enable us to continue enhancing
our marketing of branded pillows and mattress pads.