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February 18, 2014
Moultrie, GA – Locally owned Riverside Manufacturing Company announced today that it will be closing its cutting, sewing and warehousing operations located in Moultrie, GA. The closing is scheduled to occur in late April of this year and is expected to affect approximately 140 employees.
Company officials met with employees on Tuesday, February 18, to announce this difficult decision. The closing will complete the transition of Riverside’s production of uniforms and apparel to contractor partners. All functions including senior management, customer service, website design, product development, supply chain management, marketing, accounting and QC laboratory testing will continue at the headquarters in Moultrie.
Lisa V. Zeanah, Riverside’s President and CEO, made the following statement: “We worked diligently for many months to secure new contracts that required “Made in USA” garments. However, a recent volume reduction in our largest federal government uniform program made the costs of domestic production unsustainable.
We have decided to close our remaining domestic production facilities and move this volume to our established contractor partners. We value the dedication and long term commitment our employees have shown over the years, but at present we have exhausted our options to keep Riverside employees sewing garments in the USA.
While this decision was difficult, we feel that consolidating our production into fewer facilities will improve our ability to manage our supply chain and will position Riverside for solid growth for many years to come. We hope that the community will support the affected employees as they transition into other work. We are coordinating with our local department of labor to provide appropriate assistance.”
About Riverside Manufacturing Company Riverside was founded in 1911 in Moultrie, Georgia and is a leading provider of work wear and protective apparel in the USA. Riverside’s home office is located at 301 Riverside Drive in Moultrie, Georgia. It also owns and operates facilities in Atlanta, Georgia and in the Dominican Republic. For more information, visit www.RiversideUniforms.com and www.RiversideFR.com.