U.S. Marble closes Johnson City facility

David Floyd • Jan 8, 2020 at 5:59 PM

A producer of vanity countertops and related products with a Johnson City location, 2416 Watauga Road, has shut down operations, according to a former employee and an email to staff.

In a message provided to the Press, Clio Holdings, the parent company of both U.S. Marble and Premier Surfaces, told employees on Jan. 3 it was closing the businesses effective 1:30 p.m. that day. Aside from the employees that members of management have asked to remain and help with the closing process, Clio Holdings said all other employees are terminated.

“This decision was made by the board and management after careful consideration of all options,” the company said in the message. “We appreciate the clear dedication you have all shown Clio Holdings, Premier Surfaces and U.S. Marble.”

A former employee told the Press that U.S. Marble has closed its facility in Johnson City. Attempts to reach U.S. Marble on Tuesday and Wednesday were unsuccessful. Websites for U.S. Marble, Premier Surfaces and Clio Holdings were no longer active as of Tuesday afternoon.

Clio Holdings said in the email that accrued payroll would be processed and issued on the  normal cycle. As of Jan. 3, Clio Holdings said the company’s medical insurance would be terminated, meaning continuing coverage under COBRA would not be available. The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act is a federal law that allows employees who lose their jobs to temporarily keep their health coverage. Those that elect COBRA pay all of their premiums, including the portion their employer used to pay.

The company said in the notice that employees may be able to transition to a spouse’s plan, apply for special enrollment coverage under the Affordable Care Act or look online for short-term health plans.

Chris Cannon, a spokesman for the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, said state officials have not received any notification from U.S. Marble or Clio Holdings about a facility closure in Washington County.

Mitch Miller, CEO of the Northeast Tennessee Regional Economic Partnership, and Bob Cantler, president and CEO of the Johnson City Area Chamber of Commerce, said Tuesday they have also not heard any information from U.S. Marble about plans to close.

According to the company’s Linkedin page, U.S. Marble was founded in 1967 in Remus, Michigan, by John Bishop, and grew over the years from a single small shop to 165,000 square feet worth of manufacturing and distribution operations in Remus, which is listed as the primary location, and Johnson City. The company reported it had between 201 and 500 employees.

Michigan news outlets have also reported on U.S. Marble’s apparent shuttering. According to the Morning Sun, a Michigan newspaper, Clio Holdings purchased U.S. Marble in March 2017.

Bishop Family Properties, a limited liability company with an address in Remus, owns U.S. Marble’s property in Johnson City, according to state property information. According to a warranty deed, Snap-on Logistics sold the property to Bishop Family Properties in December 2008 for $925,000. The property transfer involved four tracts of land, according to the deed.

According to a brief overview on Bloomberg.com, Clio Holdings is as a holding company that made countertops, natural stone, solid surface materials, engineered marble and specialty products through its subsidiaries.

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