CHARLOTTE – Gildan Yarns is laying off 258 workers by closing one of its plants in Salisbury, according to a notice with the N.C. Department of Commerce.

Employees are being offered the opportunity to transfer to other area operations in Salisbury and Mocksville. The plant is expected to close on Dec. 8.

Also, Charlotte-based Coats American is laying off 51 workers at a facility in Kings Mountain, according to another.

The layoffs are expected to occur in late November and will be permanent, according to the filing. The jobs range from spinning operator to machine operator and maintenance team leader. The ages of the workers range from 27 to 77.

The parent Coats Group, which makes yarns, threads and zippers, is based in Great Britain.

[Layoffs reported to the Department of Commerce now stand at 7,999 based on 90 notices. That’s nearly double the 4,204 reported in 2022.]

Gildan’s plans

“This facility is being closed as part of Gildan’s plan to continue to balance production and inventory levels to drive an efficient and competitive manufacturing platform,” said Jim Powers, director of human resources at Gildan in Sanford, in a letter to state officials.

Gildan operates two plants in Salisbury. The layoffs are in the Heilig Road manufacturing plant. According to the Rowan County Economic Development Council, the company has 550 workers in the county.

For more details, read the Gildan story at Business North Carolina.

For more about Coats, read here.