Two more furniture plants closing March 21
The last of the former Thomasville Furniture Industries plants is closing.
According to a letter obtained by the Thomasville Times from Heritage Home Group President and CEO Ira Glazer, Thomasville Plant C and Plant C-Area 100 will shut down on March 21. Employees at the two facilities received the letter Tuesday morning.
“Your effective date of termination will also be on March 21, 2014,” Glazer said in the letter. “Unfortunately, this closure will mean the end of all operations and all employees at these locations will be discharged.”
In a letter to the N.C. Department of Commerce, Glazer said a total of 84 people will be affected by the closings. Glazer's letter to employees mentioned that a 60-day notification of the closings was required by the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) of 1998. According to the Department of Labor, WARN requires most employers with 100 or more employees to provide notification 60 calendar days in advance of plant closings and mass layoffs.
“Not all employees will be needed during the wind down of the operations but this will not impact your WARN pay,” said Glazer in the letter to employees. “There are no bumping rights to affected employees.”
Thomasville Plant C, 405 E. Main St., and Plant C Area 100, 505 County Line Road, are the last of former TFI facilities in the Chair City to close its doors.
Heritage Home Group on Nov. 23, 2013, assumed control of Furniture Brands Inc., TFI's parent company. Furniture Brands filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in 2012.
City Manager Kelly Craver said he was not made aware of the closings until Tuesday morning and had received no official notice from the company.
“We weren't notified in any way, shape or form,” Craver said. “I really don't know anything about either operation other than informal information. They have not been communicative with us about their operation. They don't have to be. This is their decision to make.”
Craver said a former TFI warehouse on Morrison Avenue is operational and there still are people working in the showroom on East Main Street. The showroom had been for sale, but Craver said the real estate sign came down a couple of weeks ago.
Staff Writer Eliot Duke can be reached at 888-3578, or firstname.lastname@example.org.