Beaulieu of America announced Friday that it will close its Dalton Model Plant Jan. 2 resulting in 150 mill workers being laid off. Just two weeks ago the Dalton carpet company announced that it was closing the adjacent Riverbend plant by the end of the year. Company officials said that the latest closing is a result of `a continued sluggish economy and reduced carpet demand.`

Combined, the two plant closings will cost Dalton 320 jobs.