Tarboro-based General Foam to Lay Off 215 Workers


By Chris Roush, NC BIZ News

A plant in Edgecombe County that manufactures Christmas trees and Halloween decorations is closing and laying off 215 employees, according to a filing with the North Carolina Department of Commerce.

General Foam Products Corp. said it will begin terminating the workers on Oct. 15 and should complete the process by Dec. 15.

Of the 215 workers at the plant, 187 are production workers while 14 are maintenance mechanics and electricians.

The workers are not represented by a union.

The plant specializes in manufacturing Christmas trees, garland, and blow molded items, including seasonal figurines and decorations for Christmas and Halloween and indoor and outdoor topiaries.

It also makes molds for swimming pools and indoor/outdoor ponds. The company had expanded the plant just three years ago.

The company sells its products through retailers and home centers in the United States and internationally. General Foam was founded in 1957 and is based in Norfolk, Virginia.

The notice was filed pursuant to the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act, which must be filed 60 days in advance of a plant closing that affects more than 50 employees in a 30-day period or a mass layoff of at least 500 employees or between 50 to 499 employees if they make up at least one-third of the employer’s workforce.

All North Carolina filings under the WARN Act can be found here.

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