Shaw Industries Inc. temporarily is closing its Bartow-based campuses in order to check and clean them following four associates who have tested positive for the coronavirus. Known as Bartow County’s leading employer, Shaw cites employees “health and wellbeing” as key issues, noting that Bartow County is among the top hot spots for the virus in Georgia.
Here’s the statement from Mike Fromm, Chief Human Resources Officer.
“Out of an abundance of caution, Shaw is temporarily closing our Bartow County manufacturing facilities – Plants 12, 13, 15, T1, and 94. We expect these plants to reopen early next week. Our associates’ health and wellbeing are our top priorities as we continually and carefully evaluate the operation of each of our facilities.
“Bartow County is among the top five counties in Georgia with confirmed cases of COVID-19. Four Shaw associates working in manufacturing facilities there have tested positive for the virus. All are under the care of a medical provider. Any associates with direct contact with any confirmed or suspected cases are following quarantine guidelines.
“While the plants are closed, they will undergo thorough third-party cleaning according to CDC and OSHA guidelines to supplement the enhanced, extensive cleaning processes that occur at all Shaw facilities. We will also review our protocols and processes in preparation for operations to resume and make adjustments as necessary based upon that review. Our aim is to help control the spread of the virus and keep our associates and their families safe and financially stable.”
Earlier this week, a Plant 15 employee (U.S. 411) tested positive for the virus. And on March 21, Shaw closed plant 12 off Joe Frank Harris Parkway after an associated tested positive for the virus. Shaw Plant 13 is off West Avenue in Cartersville; Shaw T-1 is in Adairsville; and Shaw 94 is off Old Mill Road in Cartersville.
From March 24: Plant 15 worker tests positive: Shaw was notified Tuesday, March 24, that an associate who works at the company’s Plant 15, Cartersville, Ga. location, tested positive for COVID-19. The associate, who has not worked since Thursday, March 12, is under the care of a medical provider. As part of Shaw’s ongoing COVID-19 preparedness measures, all Shaw plants are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected on a regular basis. This facility has been cleaned and disinfected multiple times since the associate’s last day at work on March 12. If other associates had close contact with the associate who tested positive for the virus, they will observe the remaining 24-48 hours of the recommended self-quarantine. Since being notified of the associate’s positive test results on Tuesday, the company’s risk management and HR teams conducted a full risk assessment of the facility. Based upon the steps taken at the facility and other assessment factors, the plant remains operational.
From March 21: Shaw closes Cartersville plant for cleaning after empoyee tests positive. Media release: Shaw received confirmation Friday of an associate who tested positive for COVID-19, at the company’s Plant 12, Cartersville, Ga., location. The associate is under the care of a medical provider. As part of our response protocol, we temporarily closed the facility and are having a professional third-party cleaning service conduct a thorough cleaning according to steps recommended by the CDC and OSHA guidelines. Other associates who have had close contact with this associate will self-quarantine. Our associates’ physical and financial wellbeing remain our priority. Since the emergence of COVID-19 in China, we’ve taken a number of steps to limit our associates’ potential exposure in the workplace and allow them to make the best decisions for them and their families. We continue to monitor the evolving situation closely and make adjustments to our operations, policies and procedures accordingly. Our ability to serve our customers and communities has not been impacted nor has the safety and quality of our products.