Once Barnesville-Lamar County’s largest employer, the William Carter Co. will cease virtually all its operations here June 1, leaving 212 people jobless. Employees of the local distribution center here were told this morning that they will be losing their jobs. UPDATE: The outlet store in downtown Barnesville will also be shuttered, according to Carter’s CFO Richard Westenberger.At one point, Carter’s had over 1500 local employees and was Barnesville’s biggest water consumer. Apparently none of the local employees will be retained at the company’s other two Georgia distribution centers.Carter’s VP/COO Dave Brown broke out the usual corporate shutdown speech in a news release issued this afternoon. “The decision to close the Barnesville distribution center is part of our strategy to improve service to customers and reduce distribution costs. We deeply regret the impact today’s announcement will have on our employees and the Barnesville community,” Brown said.Local officials have vowed to go to bat for the employees Carter’s is abandoning.”We were very saddened to hear of the planned closing of the Carter’s Distribution Center in Barnesville. Carter’s has been a part of Barnesville for many, many years and they will be sorely missed. Our job now is to help the company bring all available resources to the employees that will be affected by this decision. Programs through the Georgia Department of Labor and the Workforce Investment Board will provide skills assessment, job training, money management and job placement. These are the types of programs that we want to see our citizens take advantage of,” IDA executive director Missy Kendrick said.