Home fashions producer WestPoint Home Inc., West Point, Ga., reports it will close its sheet
weaving Calhoun Plant, Calhoun Falls, S.C., in May 2006, in an effort to consolidate domestic bed
products manufacturing. The Calhoun Falls closure follows the companys recent decision to close the
Clemson Greige, Finishing, Fabrication and Distribution operations, Clemson, S.C., in April
Some 300 Calhoun facility workers and about 290 Clemson Centre employees will be affected by the
closures, according to Elinor Crowder, assistant vice president, communications, WestPoint Home.
The company will maintain Clemson Centre offices for such functions as product development,
finance, information technology and customer service and planning.
Saying that the company appreciated the efforts of its associates throughout the years, John
Hurston, vice president, manufacturing, added that the Calhoun Falls closure is another necessary
step in the company’s strategy for realigning and streamlining our domestic manufacturing.
“To compete successfully in the global market, we must gain the most effective balance between
what we manufacture domestically and what we can best source,” Hurston said.