Riverside Manufacturing announces sewing plant closing

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MOULTRIE, GA (WALB) - Riverside Manufacturing Company announced today that it will be closing its cutting, sewing and warehousing operations located in Moultrie, GA.

The closing is scheduled to occur in late April of this year and is expected to affect approximately 140 employees.

In a release, company officials said they met Tuesday before making the decision. The closing will complete the transition of Riverside's production of uniforms and apparel to contractor partners.

All functions including senior management, customer service, website design, product development, supply chain management, marketing, accounting and quality control laboratory testing will continue at the headquarters in Moultrie, the company said.

In a statement, Riverside’s President and CEO Lisa V. Zeanah said:

“We worked diligently for many months to secure new contracts that required “Made in USA” garments. However, a recent volume reduction in our largest federal government uniform program made the costs of domestic production unsustainable.

We have decided to close our remaining domestic production facilities and move this volume to our established contractor partners. We value the dedication and long term commitment our employees have shown over the years, but at present we have exhausted our options to keep Riverside employees sewing garments in the USA.

While this decision was difficult, we feel that consolidating our production into fewer
facilities will improve our ability to manage our supply chain and will position Riverside for solid growth for many years to come.

We hope that the community will support the affected employees as they transition into other work. We are coordinating with our local department of labor to provide appropriate assistance.”

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