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May 30, 2003

Pelham - Another American textile company is shutting down. Pelham Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Danny Singleton says, "A lot of business has gone overseas and it has definitely had an effect on the textile industry." This time layoffs hit close to home.

Darwood Manufacturing Company is closing its Pelham plant. One-hundred and eighty people will lose their jobs. The approximately 50 year old company makes shirts, including McDonalds uniforms.

The shut down is expected put a dent into Pelham's economy because people come from surrounding counties to work at the plant.

Singleton says, "Darwood has been in our city for a long, long time. We are disappointed that they are having to close, but we do understand with the economy and the textile industry. It's been a downward trim for them for a long time now."

Darwood will close by July 30th, starting with the cutting department and ending with the shipping department.

The Department of Labor will be on hand to tell employees about higher education opportunities and other employment possibilities.

posted at 4:30PM by kathryn.simmons@walb.com