Textile company sets Aug. 21 closing date

MONROEVILLE, Ala. (AP) - Fruit of the Loom Inc. says its Vanity Fair Brands dye plant in Monroeville and its knitting plant in Jackson will close Aug. 21.

The company announced plans a year ago to close its last manufacturing operations in southwest Alabama sometime before the end of 2009 because of increased global competition.

John Shivel, an executive at company headquarters in Bowling Green, Ky., said the closing date was based on "operational requirements."

The Monroeville plant has 141 employees, down from 180 a year ago.

The Jackson plant has 69 employees, down from 90.

Vanity Fair will continue to operate a distribution center in Monroeville, which it expanded to 500 employees after closing of a warehouse in Mission, Texas.

Shivel said he didn't know if laid off workers will be able to
work there.

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

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