Outsourcing threatens jobs at Eufaula plant

EUFAULA, Ala. (AP) - An executive at a Eufaula-based condom manufacturer said about 300 workers could lose their jobs because the federal government has decided to outsource condom manufacturing.

Lawrence Povlacs, CEO and President of Alatech Healthcare, confirmed Tuesday workers soon could receive pink-slips after the U.S. Agency for International Development announced plans to shift production of condoms to firms based outside the U.S., including China.

Povlacs said the agency's decision contradicts the federal stimulus package designed to create jobs in the U.S.

The USAID purchases the condoms for its AIDS prevention programs in poor countries.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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