BRIDGEPORT, Ala. - Beaulieu America announced Tuesday it will close a portion of its operation in Bridgeport in the coming months.
The plant employs 390 people and has operated since 1987. WHNT News 19 has learned 375 employees will be cut by March 31.
Beaulieu is a family owned business in the flooring industry, and is making the changes based on what people are buying. With lower sales for carpet flooring, this caused them to re-evaluate their business model.
"The Bridgeport Fibers Plant extrudes nylon, polyester and polypropylene fibers, provides heat set and cabling for these fibers, and produces nylon pellets for fiber extrusion. The pellet operation of the facility will remain operational," the company said in a news release.
Fifteen to 20 workers will stay on doing pellet work, a company official said.
We understand employees were notified Tuesday morning. A portion of the plant will close by March 31.
Beaulieu says it is working closely with all employees who are impacted by providing Human Resources support to help with re-employment and transfers to other Beaulieu operations.
“This has nothing to do with the performance of our people in Bridgeport," said Michael Pollard, President of Beaulieu America. "Our associates there have performed very well over the years, and we are grateful for their dedication and service. We determined that these short-term changes are necessary to allow us to invest long-term in our commercial, residential carpet and hard surface product offering. We will continue to operate in the Bridgeport area with our Bridgeport Fabrics Plant that allows us to remain connected to the community."
The Bridgeport Fabrics Plant employs 225 people and produces primary and secondary backing, post-industrial recycling, and staple fibers. This location has been in business since 1990. The Fabrics Plant is not affected by the closure, the company said.