BAINBRIDGE, GA (WALB) - Bainbridge leaders are still trying to digest news of an upcoming mass layoff and come up with plans to help more than 250 Shaw Industries workers who will soon lose their jobs.
"It's pretty devastating,” said local store owner Don Whaley.
He said the news is a major setback for the city. “In a community this size, a layoff that size can be pretty significant.”
The company says up to 267 employees could lose their jobs by mid-October.
“These are people in our community. These are our customers, these are our friends, these are our neighbors. So when you start losing those jobs, it does make a difference,” Whaley said.
A notice faxed to City Hall yesterday morning showed the employee positions affected positions ranged from engineers, technicians, to managers.
The corporation said the layoff stems from the company's more efficient use of capital improvements.
Shaw Industries Human Resource Director of Manufacturing and Distribution Al Scruggs said, “We don't need, at this point, some of the capacity that we used to need. So, part of that facility is going to go down.”
And with a day to absorb the shock, city officials are now trying to find ways to help those workers.
“We've got a new industry that's getting ready to ramp up out there, and we're hoping that some of those people can find jobs with the new industry,” said Whaley.
Many officials are trying to keep a positive outlook on what is next to come. Executive Director of Bainbridge's Development Authority Rick McCaskill said, “We can't get down, we have to stay up. And we'll come out of this. We always do.”
City officials said they're planning a job fair for the employees affected.