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Sen. Schumer trying to save Dal-Tile

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Posted: Wednesday, August 22, 2012 9:54 am

OLEAN — The potential closing of a major employer in Olean has prompted Sen. Chuck Schumer to take action.

On Tuesday, Sen. Schumer, D-N.Y., announced he spoke that day with John C. Turner Jr., president of Dal-Tile, and urged him to keep the Olean plant open. In addition, Sen. Schumer called upon Mr. Turner to bring more work to the facility, which could provide a boost in the area’s workforce.

Currently, top Dal-Tile officials are evaluating the daily operations and cost effectiveness of the company’s facilities in Olean and Gettysburg, Pa. Both plants are the company’s manufacturers of mosaic tile.

Dal-Tile is owned by Mohawk Industries, which is based out of Atlanta, Ga. The two companies merged in 2002 after Mohawk purchased Dal-Tile.

“To put it simply, I will do all that I can to work with Dal-Tile to keep its Olean plant open for business and save 174 jobs in Cattaraugus County,” Sen. Schumer said. “The Olean plant is the perfect facility where Dal-Tile can easily and quickly add more manufacturing jobs. The plant in Olean is part of the lifeblood of the region and I will fight tooth and nail to save these jobs and bring more work to Western New York.”

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