published Friday, October 21st, 2011

Beaulieu of America to close plant in Dalton, Ga., cutting up to 170 jobs

Beaulieu of America is set to close its Riverbend plant Dalton, Ga. by the end of 2011, a move that may cost as many as 170 jobs, company officials said Friday.

The plant, which produces tufted and finished carpet, has been in Beaulieu’s hands since 1988. The majority of jobs, as well as the plant’s production, will be transferred to other plants, the company said.

For more information, pick up a copy of tomorrow’s Times Free Press.

about Ellis Smith...

Ellis Smith joined the Chattanooga Times Free Press in January 2010 as a business reporter. His beat includes the flooring industry, Chattem, Unum, Krystal, the automobile market, real estate and technology. Ellis is from Marietta, Ga., and has a bachelor’s degree in mass communication at the University of West Georgia. He previously worked at UTV-13 News, Carrollton, Ga., as a producer; at the The West Georgian, Carrollton, Ga., as editor; and at the Times-Georgian, Carrollton, ...

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Emersization said...

If joint efforts with local, county, state, and ICE goes into Dalton and does a thorough sweep in the proliferation of citizenship integrity, the layoffs should not be a devastating blow to the local work-force.

Make a stand and act now before your holidays are ruined!

October 21, 2011 at 5:22 p.m.
rolando said...

May I suggest the TFP start printing the number of illegal aliens/mestizos whose jobs are to be/being cut?

It would give a whole new meaning of phrase, "to lose their jobs". After all, they were illegal to begin with and stole those jobs from Americans, didn't they?

October 21, 2011 at 6:41 p.m.
ann said...

If we had not allowed all these illegals into this country these plants probably would still have work to do ,now our goverment is also catering to muslims,so wonder what will be next with this president and senate there's not much hope for the American people,but don;t give up just vote obama and his senate out in 2012 then start letting the new president know what we expect from him and if he can;t do the job we will fire him instead of letting him make the mess this one has made,but now since its getting election time obama is supposedly working miracles,just watch out

October 21, 2011 at 7:48 p.m.
Coronado said...

Workers, illegal or otherwise, don't cause a company to close plants and downsize operations. Consumers not buying carpet and the other floor coverings that Beaulieu sells is what caused them to cut jobs and close factories. I doubt that my input matters to people who are willing to promote their bigotry on these comment boards, but I thought that it was worth mentioning.

October 21, 2011 at 8:10 p.m.
RL said...

I lived in Dalton for many years. I've watched Dalton grow and become very successful until all the illegals came to Dalton. As a child I remember maybe 1 illegal in my class and now about 90% of Dalton Schools have mostly illegals or their parents are. I blame the owners of all the carpet mills for hiring them.. look what it's done to their own business. Sure they may work cheaper but at the end of it all, it took you out of business, so you really lost a lot in the long run. I don't pity the carpet companies, but I pity the american people who can't get a job in Dalton anymore. I've seen illegals brave enough to hold sign's up in downtown Dalton knowing they have no right to do so, but yet, they know they can get away with it. I hope they all move away, I don't like going to Dalton because everywhere you look it's all illegals. I'm sure almost 90% of them are illegal. Do they not realize that we don't want them here? I was looking at housing property in Dalton, and even the housing has dropped so low. No one wants to live there anymore. This is what illegals do to a place.. destroy it and they still want more when there's nothing left. They are like ticks on an animal sucking the life out of it. It's not fair to the true American's. They don't care or they wouldn't be that way. They would fight for their rights in their own country and change the way their goverment is there. America has had many wars against's it's ownself and it's taken a lot of lives to get to where we are now. Nothing is free, and your jobs that you think are secure was paid for by the sweat and blood of an american. We didn't create those job's for illegals but for american people. Dalton use to be a safe place but you can't leave your doors unlocked anymore in fear of being robbed. I wouldn't walk the streets of Dalton in fear of being shot. I can remember a time when people traveled from Chattanooga and Cleveland to work in Dalton.. look how things have changed. Now it's the other way around. The shoe's on powerlines represents gangs, we didn't ever have to worry about gangs back when I was growing up there. Never travel to Big D's flea-market because that's where all the ticks hang out. It's called little mexico there.. It's the american people that give these illegal's run because of a buck. It's really disgusting!

October 21, 2011 at 8:45 p.m.
RL said...

The illegal's will do anything for a dollar.. they will even push ice-cream carts around town to make $. These type people are new illegal's in Dalton and they start from the bottom and then work their way up.

October 21, 2011 at 9 p.m.
callison said...

RL, state your source for the number of illegal immigrants in Dalton schools. And how did you know that the student in your grade was illegal? Did you ask him/her?

October 21, 2011 at 9:12 p.m.
gemini65 said...

Mr. Coronado, Because a person expresses their opinion concerning illegals does not promote bigotry. Fact is illegals not only in Dalton, but all over our nation, particularly California have caused such economic burdens that yes, it has cost lost jobs for AMERICAN CITIZENS. If you are in this country illegal Mr. Coronado you are breaking the law and your actions should not be rewarded with free health care, free food, free housing and a free education for your children. You should be locked up and then transported back to the country from which you came. American citizens are tired of giving illegals a free ride while we watch our elderly citizens that have fought and sacrificed for this country do without. An elderly Amercian citizen should not have to choose between food or their required medications because they don't have the necessary funds to purchase both while an illegal is provided both for free. Americans are finally beginning to speak up and voice their opinions and want a stop put to this....that is what you call "bigotry". But guess what? We really don't care what YOU or the thousands of illegals call it or think about it, because in our opinion you have NO RIGHTS. Maybe eventually you and your brothers & sisters will understand that the golden spoon that you have been eating from for all these years isn't going to be handed to you any longer.

October 21, 2011 at 9:12 p.m.
Coronado said...

Guess what Gemini65...I am a white man who was born and raised in Dalton. You assumed that I am hispanic, and that all hispanics are illegal immigrants. That is exactly the type of bigotry that I was talking about. There is no "golden spoon" for illegal workers. They do not get social security, medicare, medicaid, or food stamps. Your information is completely inaccurate. Getting back to the actual point of the article that we responded to, if Beaulieu employs all of the illegal immigrants that you and RL and the others on this forum have complained about, wouldn't Beaulieu's cost of doing business go down. When a business lowers its cost structure, it tends to become more financially sound and is much more likely to grow and add jobs than it is to shutter factories and cut jobs. Think about the economics of plant closures before blaming all of Dalton's problems on your perception of its workforce. Dalton's problem is that it is a manufacturing based community that does not have a diversified manufacturing base. It is all carpet mills and that market has taken a huge hit over the past several years.

October 21, 2011 at 9:44 p.m.
Wilder said...

@coronado

Your condecending tone and use of the ever ubiquitous "B" word is indicative of people who think that they are above the law. People are just fed up with the selective enforcement of our laws to benefit the few, and the internet allows them to openly express their disgust to others.

If you think that it is ok for a handful of scoundrels to unilaterally destroy a 160+ year old town for profit, you are either one of the scoundrels, one of their spineless yes men, one of the delusional politicians, or one of the invaders. Either way, you are the wrong side of this issue.

October 21, 2011 at 10:01 p.m.
Wilder said...

@coronado

Your grasp and simplistic explanation of the carpet business matches your knowledge of illegal alien extortion.

October 21, 2011 at 10:13 p.m.
Coronado said...

@ Wilder

Why would my belief that a business would choose to close a plant when they are not bringing in enough revenue to sustain their current level of operations make it seem that I feel that I am "above the law"? You and anyone else are free to express your opinions as openly as you would like. I am also free to express my opinions.

Out of curiosity, who are the scoundrels that are destroying Dalton for profit? And which issue am i wrong about?

My explanation of the economics of plant closures is quite simplistic and is indeed the way that companies in all types of markets operate. ALL businesses that provide goods and services for a profit will cut costs (i.e. close down plants, layoff employees, cut raw material costs, find alternative suppliers, etc...) when they do not have enough revenue coming in to support the current level of operations. My level of knowledge about the support level of illegal immigrants comes first hand from a spouse that works directly with low income people of all races and citizenship/immigration status. Where does your knowledge base come from?

I honestly didn't intend to come off as condescending, but the initial comments on this forum immediately jumped to the conclusion that Beaulieu was closing this plant and cutting 170 jobs because they hired illegal immigrants.

For the record, here is a Wikipedia explanation of bigotry. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bigotry If it sounds like an insult, then maybe the truth hurts.

October 21, 2011 at 10:35 p.m.
Wilder said...

@coronado

As a "white man, born and raised in Dalton", why choose an Hispanic name? Was it to intentionally mislead and incite other posters here, to set up your gotcha, I'm white, declaration?

If you've really been living in Dalton, and don't know who the scoundrels are, you're either obtuse or comatose.

Your perception that people are tying illegal aliens to plant closings is a misinterpretation of what they said. They are talking about being displaced from jobs, and being forced to subsidize the illegal aliens who displaced them.

As for as your superfluous explanation of business, it's compatible with your other observations, or lack there of.

You couldn't resist using the "B" word again, could you? BTW, I don't need to look up the definiton.

October 21, 2011 at 11:18 p.m.
Coronado said...

@ Wilder

I meant no misdirection. You are free to see any set up you want, but Coronado is the name of a guitar made by Fender in the 60s and i happen to own one.

You may also insult me all you want. As we have both said, we are all free to express our opinions and some people like to attack when they find someone who does not agree with them. That is your prerogative. If you decline to identify who you vilify as a scoundrel then I can only assume that you are speaking in general terms and we can never have an substantive debate about this person/group's level of integrity. I may see Obama as a scoundrel and you may see W as one, or vice versa. The point is, that it is subjective and personal attacks don't clear up your intentions or accusations.

Yes, I used the word bigot again. I think the shoe fits for some posters on here. I actually didn't see the prejudice in your posts.

Feel free to tell me how I am wrong about any future posts and I will feel free to voice my opinions in the way that makes sense to me. After all, isn't that one of the things that makes America great!

October 22, 2011 at 12:01 a.m.
Coronado said...

As a note Wilder, read the full article that is now posted.

http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2011/oct/22/beaulieu-to-close-dalton-plant/#comments

You will see that the CEO of Beaulieu describes the reasons for the plant closure very much like I did. Either this helps you understand or confirms his (and likely my) status as a scoundrel.

October 22, 2011 at 12:12 a.m.
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