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Shaw Industries plans to combine production plants in Fitzgerald

May 14, 2008

Fitzgerald--In Fitzgerald there is a new plan to save hundreds of textile jobs with Shaw industries.

That company initially planned to shut down two Fitzgerald plants that produce carpet yarn.

Now Shaw will combine those two facilities with a small out-of-state plant in the larger Fitzgerald plant.

The mayor tells us the new deal will not result in job losses at Shaw Industries in Fitzgerald.

"We were able to negotiate out a memorandum of understanding with them they're going to use plant eight and combine the other two yarn plants here together with one from out of state and of course that will save over 400 employees," said Mayor Gerald H. Thompson, City of Fitzgerald.

Shaw Industries was given a number of incentives to keep the jobs in south Georgia, including tax credits, and reduced utility rates.

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