Carpet manufacturer Beaulieu of America is closing a facility in Royston, Georgia, eliminating 192 jobs, according to the Athens Banner-Herald. The company will officially shut its doors on November 26. The facility produces spun yarn.
Company officials cited the recession and the carpet industry's shift from spun yarn as reasons for the closure.
Franklin County, Georgia, economic development officials worried that the shutdown would exacerbate Northeast Georgia's high unemployment rate, which reached 9.9 percent in some counties according to state Department of Labor statistics.
"I'm sure we're going to feel it, because Beaulieu is a longstanding business and industry here in the county," said Lyn Allen, director of economic development for the Franklin County Industrial Building Authority. "They have equipment and a building facility, and I'm sure it will have a big impact on our tax base, the school system, etc."
Some of Franklin County's other manufacturers have seen business improve recently, Allen said, and may be able to absorb some of the laid off workers.