Textile Plant Announces Shutdown

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) - Its a familiar story in Alabama and across the South.

Two West Point Home textile plants in Opelika and Lanett will shut down operations later this year.

Employees were informed yesterday. The two plants will close in early November, idling more than 700 employees - about 370 in Lanett and 325 in Opelika.

The two mills were the last two West Point U-S plants where fabric was weaved.

Company officials blamed foreign competition and the increased cost of raw materials for the closures.

Alabama is among several Southeastern states to lose thousands of jobs in the textile industry since the mid 1990s.

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