Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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November 6, 2009

Carhartt to close Glasgow facilties

GLASGOW — Employees at two locations of an apparel industry in Glasgow were informed Friday morning that they will be losing their jobs next year.

Carhartt, a company that manufactures work wear, announced the closing of its two Glasgow facilities, a distribution center at 40 Aberdeen Drive and a sortation operation at 702 Happy Valley Road. The closures will affect approximately 100 jobs locally.

“As difficult as this is for Carhartt, the decision to close these facilities will allow the company to streamline business processes to better meet the fast-paced demands of our customers and consumers now and into the future,” Richard Linville, vice president of distribution and logistics for Carhartt, said in a Friday morning press release. “We notified our Glasgow associates this morning of the news and will continue face-to-face conversations throughout the next few days,” he added.

Bryan Adams, local plant manager, confirmed employees were informed of the company’s decision at 10 a.m. Friday, but referred all other questions to Carhartt’s corporate headquarters in Dearborn, Mich.

“The date for official closing has not yet been determined, but it will be in mid-March (of 2010),” said Lindy Bleau, public relations spokesperson for Carhartt.

Operations will continue as normal until March, according to Bleau, but she said company officials felt that it was important to notify associates of the closures as soon as possible so they would have a transition period to make decisions.

Local employees will be given the option of transferring to another Carhartt facility in Hanson north of Madisonville, which is approximately two hours away from Glasgow, Bleau said. The Hanson operation is the largest customer service center and distribution warehouse Carhartt has in Kentucky and ships their products to retailers.

Bleau said she was unsure how long a time frame associates would have to decide about relocating, but assumed that they would be given an ample amount of time.

The Carhartt facility in Edmonton will not be affected by the Glasgow closures, Bleau said.

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