Darling Announces Closure of Piggott Facility
On Thursday, Feb. 19, L.A. Darling Company announced the Piggott store fixture manufacturing plant will be closing in mid-May. According to a news release from the company, General Manager Jackie Elliott met with the factory's approximately 70 employees and informed them the facility will close on May 15, 2015.
The company first opened the Piggott plant in 1971, and in 1974 the facility was expanded with the construction of the current building. Later a major expansion project added to the size, and workforce.
Darling cited retail market changes, including a decline in the demand for laminated wood store fixtures such as those produced at the Piggott plant, to lead the company to realign their production capabilities.
The firm indicated the Governor's Dislocated Worker Task Force, and the Arkansas Department of Workfare Services, would be helping the affected employees.
More details may be found in the Feb. 25, print and online editions of the CCTD.