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Genesis Furniture in Pontotoc closed, 63 laid off

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Genesis Furniture Co. in Pontotoc has closed, according to a notice issued by the Mississippi Department of closed4Employment Security.

The move, announced to employees April 4, affects 63 workers.
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Written by Dennis Seid

April 15, 2014 at 3:34 pm

Update: Southern Quality Meats in Pontotoc to close in June, 110 affected

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Southern Quality Meats in Pontotoc will be closed, officials announced today, with its operations merged into its sister 546Y_sqm_logo-1facility in Albertville, Ala., which is operated by Albertville Quality Foods.

SQM was established in 1962.

The move affects 110 employees, and the plant will close between June-3-17, officials said.

In a statement, SQM said:

This was an extremely difficult decision because of the impact it will have on our Mississippi employees and their families and the surrounding communities,” said Jerry Wilson, CEO.  “After careful consideration, we have determined that this action best supports our ongoing business strategies and enables us to provide the highest quality product to our customers.”   

State, county, and local officials, as well as SQM’s employees, customers and suppliers were informed earlier today of the planned plant closing.  Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Dennis Seid

April 4, 2014 at 3:50 pm

Heritage Home Group closing another furniture plant

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Heritage Home Group, the parent company of Lane, Broyhill, Thomasville,Drexel Heritage, Henredon, Pearson, Hickory Chair, Lane Venture, Maitland-Smith and La Barge brands, is closing the Pearson plant in High Point, N.C., according to the Lenoir News-Topic. Heritage Home brands

The closure, to be completed by August, will put 86 people out of work.

Heritage Home, which took over the assets of bankrupt Furniture Brands International after it was purchased by private-equity firm KPS Capital in a bankruptcy auction last fall, also announced in January the closure of two Thomasville plants in Thomasville, N.C., resulting in 84 layoffs.

It also said in January it would close Tupelo-based Lane Furniture‘s plant in Saltillo.That move resulted in the  layoff of some 480 people on March 21.


Written by Dennis Seid

March 29, 2014 at 3:07 pm

Viking Range hit with more layoffs

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The parent company of Viking Range Corp. has announced a third round of layoffs at the Greenwood-based plant since 2013.

Middleby Corp. won’t say how many it is laying off this time, according to the Associated Press. VIKING_LOGO

But Middleby said in a statement that the cuts were in technical services, call centers, marketing and training. The company said the jobs would be “redeployed” from Viking’s headquarters in Greenwood to other distribution centers in the U.S. and Canada.

Middleby bought Viking at the end of 2012 for $380 million.. Layoffs in January and November of last year eliminated more than 25 percent of its workforce, mostly from Viking. It laid off 140 of Viking’s workforce in January and another 25-75 in November.

The news comes on the heels of Middleby reporting significant increases in its fourth-quarter and full-year sales and profit. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Dennis Seid

March 18, 2014 at 10:36 am

ICYMI: Atlanta Bread in Tupelo closes doors Wednesday

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Atlanta Bread Company in Tupelo closed unexpectedly Wednesday afternoon, and Robbie Ward reported in the Daily Journal that customers and employees were caught off guard. Atlanta Bread Tupelo

An excerpt from the story:

According to employees, they were told to display a closed sign around 3:30 p.m. Remaining customers finished their meal and left as shocked employees learned they no longer had jobs.

Workers not on duty arrived as usual at 4 p.m. to pick up the week’s paychecks and learned they were jobless.

Atlanta Bread first opened in Tupelo in 2008 by franchise owners Brett Hildenbrand and Hugh “Kip” D. Tigrett III. Their company, T & H Restaurants, legally dissolved in October 2013. Hildenbrand said through email late Wednesday night that he no longer had any ownership in the franchise. Tigrett has ownership in another company, K and N Enterprises, Mississippi Secretary of State records show.

Written by Dennis Seid

February 27, 2014 at 8:27 am

Hopeful laid-off Lane employees attend job fair

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Last month, the parent company of Lane Furniture Industries stunned the employees at Lane’s Saltillo plant, announcing it would be closed by March 21. Heritage Home Group said “business circumstances” forced it to make the decision.

The decision meant 480 people would be laid off. Lane job fair

Many of them are looking for jobs, and on Wednesday, a job fair at Itawamba Community College’s Belden campus  provided hope for some of them. About a dozen companies, including several furniture manufacturers, attended.

“I worked at Lane for 28 1/2 years – it’s all I’ve ever known,” said Gladys Clark. “It’s harder to get a job when you’re older, but I’m going to get a job wherever I can find it.”

Clark, like most of her colleagues at Lane, thought they had been given s second chance when private equity firm KPS Capital bought the assets of the former Furniture Brands International, which had gone bankrupt. The company said late last year that it would offer jobs to most of the 4,000 employees of Furniture Brands, whose companies included Lane, Broyhill, Thomasville, Drexel Heritage and others.

So the announcement in January that Lane’s Saltillo plant would close caught many, including Clark, off guard.

“It was a slap in the face,” she said. “Some were transferred to Belden, and I thought I’d go, but I wasn’t. My last day was Feb. 13.” Read the rest of this entry »

CDF: Opportunities for Lane employees available

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Along the lines of a story we had a few weeks back, the CDF  reminds soon-to-be unemployed Lane Furniture Industries employees in Saltillo that there are job opportunities available: CDF logo 2

From the CDF:

Northeast Mississippi industries can absorb many, if not all of the 480 people laid off as a result of Lane Furniture Industry’s recent Saltillo facility closure. Among those hiring are Ashley Furniture Industries, Prime Hospitality Group, American Furniture, and H.M. Richard’s.

“The furniture industry in Northeast Mississippi is very healthy and many of these dislocated workers will have the opportunity to stay within the furniture sector,” said Community Development Foundation President David Rumbarger. “It is the work ethic of hard workers like those at Lane and others that have made the furniture business in Northeast Mississippi the largest cluster of companies.”

Many industries ask job seekers to apply on site while others are utilizing the WIN Job Center to facilitate its hiring process. The intent of the WIN Job Center is to simplify all programs under a single, comprehensive system. The Mississippi Department of Employment Services and The WIN Job Center will hold four Rapid Response sessions Wednesday, February 26, from 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. as well as a job fair from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. All events will take place at the WIN Job Center’s Belden location and are available for former Lane employees only. Over 15 employers will be present. For more information, visit Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Dennis Seid

February 24, 2014 at 5:40 pm