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Jockey to close down its Sandy Bay sewing plant

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Mar '07
As garment factory Jockey International Inc plans to close down its Sandy Bay sewing plant by the end of September, nearly 600 people are likely to lose their jobs.

The President and CEO of Jockey International Inc, Edward Emma stated "due to a shift in consumer demand towards newer, higher engineered non-cotton products, there is a need to rebalance Jockey's internal production of core products".

According to Emma, Jockey is planning to transfer the Sandy Bay production to its Honduras and Costa Rica plants along with increasing production with some sourcing partners in Central America.

With the closure of Sandy Bay plant, operations at the company's Millen, Georgia plant where cloth is cut will also cease. The closure of the Millen, Georgia plant will leave 60 employees out of work.

Betsy Morton, Jockey International senior Vice-President, HR, said "Jockey will provide impacted employees with redundancy pay, notice pay and job skill training assistance".

The Jockey plant at Lucea, Jamaica will continue to produce core products.


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