West Point in Marianna Closing Its Plant for Good This Friday

For years, the name "West Point" on a bed-spread or a set of sheets, meant a quality American-made product. But, it won't not be that way much longer.

West Point Homes is shifting its manufacturing operations overseas. Some of the plants closing at the end of this month are located in Marianna, Abbyville, and Opelika. But, some employees say they're not worried.

West Point Homes' decision to outsource it's manufacturing operations overseas means it will be cutting 1000-jobs by the end of this month.

Byron Capehart will lose his job as a Distribution Manager at the Marianna facility. But he's being transferred to a supervisor's position at West Point's Chipley plant.

"I look at it as a blessing. I still have a job".

But the news hasn't been as pleasant for some of Capehart's coworkers. Anytime you are closing an operation, it's going to be painful.

West Point Home announced the plant closing back in May. West Point Homes General Manager in Marianna is Terry Ellis. He says the moves are necessary to keep up with competition.

"Bottom line the global economy is going to compete so we have to restructure the company."

And what about those workers who will be out of work at the end of the month? Ellis says the company is assisting, providing them with some alternatives.

"Determine if they want to go back to school for additional training. We've had a lot of our associates move on and find other jobs, and then again we have those transferring back to Chipley."

As for Byron Capehart, he looks forward to moving on to that next challenge.

"My General Manager talked to me. He told me what's going on, told me my options, and I'll be happily going back to Chipley."

The last day for most employees at the Marianna facility will be Friday. 12 employees will remain on-site to handle the shipping of the remaining inventory.


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