Pacific Coast Feather Co. Announces New N. Carolina Mattress Pad Facility
| Pacific Coast Feather Company (PCFC) announced that it will rebuild its mattress
pad production operations in Gastonia, NC. The company's Wayne, NE, plant was
completely destroyed by an EF4 tornado on Oct. 4, 2013, which necessitated the
search for a new facility.
After an exhaustive two-month search, PCFC has concluded its evaluation of all
options pertaining to reopening a mattress pad facility. The company has identified
a suitable facility in Gastonia with some existing mattress pad equipment that
meets its urgent manufacturing needs. They have entered into an agreement to
purchase the building, equipment and land.
The company expects to complete the transaction by the middle of January and
immediately take possession of the property. They will then begin moving new,
state-of-the-art equipment to the new location. Upon completion of the plant
build-out, the new Gastonia facility will further expand PCFC's capabilities to
produce and deliver the high quality, innovative mattress pads for which it is
recognized. It will also be an attractive workplace for local talent experienced in
home textiles manufacturing.
While the company's customers have been very understanding and cooperative,
they have clear expectations about when PCFC must begin shipping mattress pads
again to have a chance of retaining the business into next season. To live up to
these expectations and quickly restore its mattress pads supply to customers, the
company must have a facility in place by Feb. 2014 and begin producing mattress
pads again by Mar. 2014.
PCFC entered into its new facility search and evaluation process with a heavy bias
toward rebuilding in Wayne, given its dedicated, skilled and experienced workforce
there. "Our colleagues in Wayne are hard-working, loyal employees who have been
caught up in a tragedy not of their making," comments Joe Crawford, PCFC
president and ceo. "We wish we could have found a way to stay in or near Wayne,
but the needs of the business leave us no choice but to move immediately back into
production to support our customers."
Since the devastating tornado, PCFC has been evaluating rebuilding on the
existing location, while also searching for a suitable building that was located in or
near Wayne and would allow the company to quickly reestablish its mattress pad
production. Unfortunately, despite all efforts to stay in Wayne, PCFC found no
feasible facilities to be available and came to the difficult conclusion that rebuilding
in Wayne is not a viable option. Nor could they locate an existing building close to
Wayne that would meet their needs.
"Though we are deeply saddened to leave Wayne, we are excited by the
opportunity to once again provide our customers with high quality mattress pads in
the very near future," says Crawford. "And, the facility in Gastonia provides us this
PCFC has a tremendous appreciation of the highly skilled workforce in Wayne. In
the hopes of easing the transition for these employees as well as the Wayne
community in general, PCFC has taken the following actions:
· Paid all employees full salaries since the tornado, and will continue to do so
through Dec. 31, 2013
· Paid all medical insurance premiums for all employees and family members since
the tornado and will continue to do so through Mar. 31, 2014
· Offered all employees with hire dates prior to Apr. 1, 2013 employment in and
relocation to the NC location
· Establishing a $200,000 scholarship fund to assist students with tuition and
book expenses at Wayne State College, with preferential consideration to children or
grandchildren of PCFC employees.