Johnson City, TN

Tennessee Business to Close Plant Resulting in More Layoffs

Ash Jurberg

Historic Flooring Plant Faces Closure: Q.E.P's Layoff Notice for November

Q.E.P, which owns the former Harris flooring plant in Johnson City, has announced a second round of layoffs this year.

Q.E.P is a designer, manufacturer, and distributor of flooring and installation solutions for commercial and residential projects and purchased the former Harris flooring company, which had operated in Johnson City since the late 1800s in 2010.

Under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, an employer with more than 100 full-time workers must provide a 60-day notice before laying off 50 or more people at a single site. Q.E.P has filed a WARN act with the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development advising of 35 layoffs commencing on November 30.

The official WARN Notice advises "of a permanent closure on November 30, 2023. The total number of affected workers is 35. This company is located at 2225 Eddie Williams Road, Johnson City, TN 37601."

This is the second round of layoffs by the company. 87 staff were laid off on August 9.

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