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Serta Simmons Bedding closing plant in Lancaster CountyShutdown affects 86 workers

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National mattress manufacturer Serta Simmons Bedding is set to close its Lancaster County plant early next year.

The plant at 18 Prestige Lane in East Hempfield Township is expected to shut down on Feb. 4, affecting 86 employees, according to a notice filed by Serta Simmons Bedding under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification, or WARN, Act, The notice was filed Dec. 4 with the state Department of Labor and Industry.

The Atlanta-based company closed a plant in Whitsett, North Carolina in September and also plans to close a Mississippi plant.

"We continually evaluate how best to utilize our extensive manufacturing network to better serve our retail partners and customers. As part of this evaluation, we have made the difficult decision to close our Lancaster, PA, and Batesville, Mississippi plants and transfer this volume to other plants in our network," the company said in a statement regarding recent closures. "We will provide these impacted employees with severance and access to the Serta Simmons Bedding Employee Assistance Program."

According to company press releases, Serta Simmons has been expanding operations in California, Connecticut, Texas and Washington state. The company completed a merger this year with Tuft & Needle, a direct-to-consumer sleep product company based in Phoenix. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

According to its website, Serta Simmons operates more than 30 plants throughout the U.S. and Canada.

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Ioannis Pashakis

Ioannis Pashakis

Ioannis Pashakis covers health care and Lancaster County. Email him at ipashakis@cpbj.com.

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