Truro carpet plant to move operations to U.S. in July

Tarkett North America has announced that its manufacturing plant in Truro, formerly Crossley Carpet Mills Ltd. and then Tandus Centiva, is closing on July 16th and eliminating around 240 jobs.

A statement to stakeholders on Tuesday signed by Human Resources Manager Gail Jollimore says a business decision has been made and manufacturing operations will be relocating to Dalton, Georgia.

It says they understand this decision will impact many lives locally and across the province.

Jollimore says, "We hope to work together during this transition period and want to assure you that we are doing everything we can to provide our employees with the care and support they require at this difficult time."

The carpet plant opened in 1964.

Staff were informed during a meeting at 3 p.m. Tuesday and Truro Mayor Bill Mills tells our newsroom he was also notified of the "shocking" decision this afternoon.

Mills says he's requested a meeting with management, as well as CAO Mike Dolter, Development Officer Alison Grant, and Regional Development Agency Executive Director Brennan Gillis, to discuss a number of issues including future plans for the property and whether it will be sold or leased.

He says he'd like to get information about transformation plans for workers and skill sets the town can look at promoting to other manufacturers.

Mills says he will ask if they company will change its mind and stay, but he adds that he's not overly confident in the company's response.

In a statement on Facebook, Truro-Bible Hill-Millbrook-Salmon River MLA Lenore Zann calls the impending closure a "devastating loss".

She says, "This factory has provided good jobs for residents of Truro for decades and having them pull up shop like this is extremely disappointing."

Mills says they're trying to stay as positive as possible, given the news and how many people this decision will affect, and look at what opportunities may follow.