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More hosiery mill jobs to abandon Ft Payne
Jul '10
Over 130 of Ft Payne's remaining hosiery mill workers will be jobless by this year's end. This announcement was made following company, Gildan-Prewett's declaration early this week that, they will shift about 30 percent of its Ft Payne-based knitting equipments and all of the remaining wet processing functionaries to Honduras.

As per Genevieve Gosselin, Gildan's Director of Corporate Communications, this new step will led to closure of the firm's CS Bell building, with the building most likely to be sold later on. Also, the remaining knitting operations will then be merged and only four of Gildan-owned knitting units will be operational in Ft Payne namely, Alabama Footwear, McKeehan Hosiery, Pioneer Hosiery and VI Prewett Knitting.

The CS Bell unit will shut down in fall and all concerned labourers will be given a notice, atleast 60 days before the actual closure. Lay-offs will be done slowly, and it is likely to commence from September. While a few jobs will be retained till the year end, administrative jobs are likely to be lost, averred Gosselin.

During latter half of 2009, Gildan announced closure of its distribution centres in Ft Payne and re-located operations to Charleston, South Carolina, thereby, leading in a loss of about 120 jobs in Dekalb County.

Last year again, Gildan brought an end to its sock finishing operation in US, owing to poor economic conditions and international competition. Around 750 Ft Payne workers have lost their jobs. These operations were also merged at Gildan's plants in Honduras.

By the time Gildan bought over VI Prewett and Son in 2007, Prewett had about 1,302 permanent workers and 89 were temporary. Following the closure of CS Bell, merely around 300 Gildan workers will be remaining in Dekalb County.

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