Chatham tire fiber plant to close, lay off 200

Posted August 29, 2014

— A maker of industrial polyester fibers and fabrics plans to close its Chatham County plant by the end of October, putting 200 people out of work, officials said Friday.

Performance Fibers Inc. wants to consolidate production of polyester tire yarn in its Salisbury plant, and up to 60 employees will be transferred from the New Hill plant to Salisbury.

Chatham County Manager Charlie Horne called the closure "unwelcomed news," but he said county economic development officials are already working on redeveloping the site for use as part of a "Moncure super industrial park."

County and state officials will work together to provide job search and retraining services to laid-off workers, Horne said.


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  • Hippy_mom Aug 29, 2014

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    I wonder how Chatham Park will impact all of this? It makes me sad for these folks.

  • bailey248 Aug 29, 2014

    This use to be one of the best company to work for when is use to be operated by allied fibers then went down hill ever since. I left there just at the right time. Good luck fellow workers.

  • Brandon White Aug 29, 2014
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    Wage range is $12 to $14 an hour, at the high point of $14 an hour that is only 20% above poverty level for a family of four. Semi-skilled manufacturing jobs are not the types of jobs you want. Be careful what you ask for.

  • 68_dodge_polara Aug 29, 2014

    Add some shooting ranges like Drakes Landing only with out restrictions these bring money and jobs.

  • 678devilish Aug 29, 2014

    Leaders we need something for the people of Chatham. Where are the jobs and this company is laying off 200? We need jobs in Chatham county, seriously.