Textile manufacturer to lay off dozens in the Carolinas

The Coats & Clark office at 3430 Toringdon Way, Suite 301
The Coats & Clark office at 3430 Toringdon Way, Suite 301 Google Earth

The thread manufacturer Coats & Clark is shutting down one of its business units, a move that will result in the loss of 18 full-time jobs in south Charlotte.

Coats & Clark said it is shuttering its Westminster Life Styles Fabrics business unit. Another 55 full-time and six part-time workers will be laid off as the company closes its distribution facility in Greer, S.C., Coats & Clark said in a notice sent to the state this week.

Under federal law, companies must file Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) notice when they make mass layoffs, close plants and change ownership.

A spokeswoman said the corporate office in Charlotte will remain open.

The first phase of job cuts at the company’s North American hub in Charlotte (3420 Toringdon Way) is expected to take place April 20. A range of corporate positions are being cut, including in sales, administration, design and marketing.

“Impacted employees will have the opportunity to apply for open positions within other divisions of the company, so the actual employment loss numbers may change,” the company said in the WARN notice.

Founded in 1812, Coats & Clark, a subsidiary of the British company Coats Plc., makes fabrics, canvas, crochet and embroidery. The company sells its products through stores in the United Kingdom and other countries abroad, according to Bloomberg.

This story has been updated from a previous version, which incorrectly stated that the company’s corporate office in Charlotte was closing.

Katherine Peralta: 704-358-5079, @katieperalta