Berkline moving cutting operations to Blue Mountain

Berkline moving cutting operations to Blue Mountain

By Dennis Seid

Daily Journal

BLUE MOUNTAIN – Furniture maker Berkline/Benchcraft LLC, which closed its Baldwyn upholstered manufacturing plant last summer, announced Monday it is moving its leather and fabric cutting operations to its Blue Mountain plant.

The Blue Mountain cutting facility will supply all the company’s leather and fabric to its manufacturing plants, officials said.

The move, which will affect some 150 employees at its Morristown, Tenn., facility, will help the company to “substantially reduce costs and improve efficiency,” officials said in a statement.

The closing of the Baldwyn plant last August put 400 employees out of work, but many were offered jobs at other company sites, including Blue Mountain.

Bill Wittenberg, the company’s president and CEO, said the consolidation “will result in significant cost savings and allow us to be more efficient in meeting the needs of our customers through the streamlining of operations” and allow the Berkline/Benchcraft to stay competitive.

The company has some 1,100 total employees.

A “transition and integration period” of 60-90 days will allow the Morristown workers to apply for any open positions at other company locations, officials said.

Contact Daily Journal business editor Dennis Seid at 678-1578 or dennis.seid@djournal.com.