Michael F. Easley, Governor
Buck Lattimore, Chairman

Bernadine S. Ballance, Commissioner
Thomas J. Bolch, Commissioner
Laura K. Mavretic, Commissioner
Renée C. Riggsbee, Commissioner
Christopher Scott, Commissioner
Dianne C. Sellers, Commissioner

North Carolina
Industrial Commission




TO:         All Interested Parties

FROM:   Chairman Buck Lattimore

DATE:    March 27, 2002

RE:         Bankruptcy of Galey & Lord, Inc.

            We have been informed that Galey & Lord, Inc. has filed Chapter 11 Bankruptcy in the United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of New York, Case No. 02-40445. Galey & Lord owned Swift Textiles, Inc. (Erwin Mills) that was self-insured for workers’ compensation claims for a substantial period of time in North Carolina.

            Based on the best information available at the present time, Galey & Lord is continuing to process and pay all workers’ compensation claims even though the company is within the jurisdiction of the Bankruptcy Court. Therefore, all parties having existing or new workers’ compensation claims should proceed with those claims as would normally occur.

            If any claimant does not receive benefits to which they are lawfully entitled or should benefits awarded be suspended or terminated for unexplained reasons, please notify the Industrial Commission. Questions or concerns regarding Galey & Lord claims should be directed to: Stephen T. Gheen, Chief Deputy Commissioner, 919-807-2540 or gheen@ind.commerce.state.nc.us. Due to the volume of inquiries, email communication is requested if possible, though not required.

            The Industrial Commission website (www.comp.state.nc.us) will be updated as needed with additional information.

N.C. Industrial Commission ·   4340 Mail Service Center ·   Raleigh, NC 27699-4340
Phone:  (919) 807-2500 ·   Fax:  (919) 715-0282
Internet Address:  http://www.ic.nc.gov/