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Mar
1
Tue
Low Income Assistance
Mar 1 @ 1:00 pm – 9:30 pm

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Mar
6
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Low Income Assistance
Mar 6 @ 1:00 pm – 9:30 pm

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Mar
7
Mon
Shaw Industries, area businesses, local leadership unite at job fair
Mar 7 @ 5:15 pm – 6:15 pm

IMG_0754 beaulieu America meet with Shaw employees

Human resources and management (left) personnel with Beaulieu America, based out of Chatsworth, Ga., met with Shaw Industries Inc. Plant 24 employees at a job fair held at the Franklin County Annex’s community room on Friday. Beaulieu America is a floor covering manufacturing company with two of their plants located near South Pittsburg.

—Staff Photo by Philip Lorenz III

 

STAFF WRITER

philip j. lorenz III

A well-attended job fair, for Shaw Plant 24 employees only, at the Franklin County Annex on Friday, brought out a range of emotions from the job seekers, some expressed optimism, others were concerned and some left with a job offer or an interview appointment.

When area businesses, community leadership, state labor representatives and even the top educational representative from Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville came together to help Shaw Industry’s Plant 24 employees find a similar job or transition to a new profession, it seemed like more than a job fair – almost like a social gathering.

Between 20 and 25 area businesses came together to meet the employees from the Winchester-based Shaw facility that will be closing its doors in August. The Plant 24’s associates wasted no time in making the rounds to meet with representatives from Zanini of Tennessee, Inc., Hamilton Kent LLC, M-Tek, Inc., New Life TN, Sonoco Solutions, Metro Industries, Yates Services, Transport National, the University of the South, beaulieu America, Motlow State College and many more.

The number of businesses actually exceeded the community room’s capacity and several had to set up their tables in the foyer and along the hallways around Franklin County Mayor Richard Stewart’s office.

Judy Taylor, Franklin County Chamber of Commerce’s executive director, was pleased with the turnout of local businesses, community representatives and Shaw employees at the job fair.

“It’s been a privilege for me to work with Camilla Wright on the local level,” she said. “We want to keep them here because they’re all good quality workers.”

Wright is Plant 24’s human services director.

Taylor and chamber members helped by posting signs locally promoting the job fair, which was for Plant 24 employees only. The Chamber members also sent the resumes of the facility’s management team to local businesses ahead of the event at the Annex.

Taylor reiterated that Rick Morgan, Plant 24’s manager and the chairman of the Chamber Manufacturer’s Round Table, and Kamilla Wright, Plant 24’s human resource director, and other business leaders took the lead to help make the job fair possible.

In early February 2016, Shaw Industries Group, Inc. announced its plan to consolidate the operations of Plant 24 in Winchester, Tenn., into facilities in the North Georgia area. The commercial broadloom carpet produced at Plant 24 will be produced at Shaw facilities in the Dalton, Chatsworth and Calhoun, creating a total of 81 new positions at various facilities in these locations. The transition will begin in April and be completed in August, resulting in the closing of the Winchester plant.

The company also has been working closely with the State of Tennessee’s economic development and labor group to inform associates at Plant 24 regarding retraining and job opportunities as well as unemployment benefits

Taylor acknowledged that the impact on the community has been difficult from both a business and personal perspective, but she thanked Shaw for the way they had risen to the challenge by working with the chamber and the areas’ business leaders to help Plant 24’s employees.

Mar
11
Fri
Low Income Assistance
Mar 11 @ 1:00 pm – 9:30 pm

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Mar
16
Wed
Low Income Assistance
Mar 16 @ 12:00 pm – 8:30 pm

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Mar
21
Mon
Low Income Assistance
Mar 21 @ 12:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Accepting applications for Low Income Home Energy Assistance. Call 967-1438 for appointments.

Mar
26
Sat
Low Income Assistance
Mar 26 @ 12:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Accepting applications for Low Income Home Energy Assistance. Call 967-1438 for appointments.

Mar
31
Thu
Low Income Assistance
Mar 31 @ 12:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Accepting applications for Low Income Home Energy Assistance. Call 967-1438 for appointments.

Apr
5
Tue
Low Income Assistance
Apr 5 @ 12:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Accepting applications for Low Income Home Energy Assistance. Call 967-1438 for appointments.

Apr
10
Sun
Low Income Assistance
Apr 10 @ 12:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Accepting applications for Low Income Home Energy Assistance. Call 967-1438 for appointments.