Two major Triad manufacturers have announced plans to lay off a total of about 250 employees in April.
In a WARN Act notice to state commerce officials, Global Textile Alliance Inc. said it will permanently lay off as many as 95 employees as it downsizes its Reidsville facility.
Positions affected include weaving, knitting, finishing, and operational support.
The company has been in business in Rockingham County for more than 20 years, producing fabrics for bedding.
Leigh Cockram, Rockingham County’s economic development director, says the county economy is strong and can absorb most of the losses.
“We are saddened to hear the news," she says. "But we feel confident that those affected will be able to find employment opportunities elsewhere relatively easily.”
The company will still have a workforce of about 90 people after the layoffs, she says.
In Winston-Salem, apparel maker HanesBrands Inc. says it will lay off almost 160 employees at its distribution center on Annapolis Drive.
"After careful consideration, we have made the decision to suspend operations at our Annapolis Distribution Center in Winston-Salem and repurpose the facility as we focus on improving efficiencies, streamlining our operations and reducing costs," the company said in a statement. "Unfortunately, this will impact our associates, who we thank for their dedication to HanesBrands. We are committed to working with our associates to ensure a smooth transition, which includes exploring employment opportunities."
Both companies say the layoffs will be effective in early April.