USA Fabrics Part 2

Residents of Clarke County know the important role garment manufacturing has played in the area's economy in years past. Its absence has also hurt the area.

'It's one of the most important things about Clarke County because so many people don't have a job.'

Annie Ruth Cox of Quitman is talking about the garment manufacturing industry in Clarke County.
For almost 30 years she worked at Quitman Mills, which is now closed.

'It's important for Clarke County. It's important for the United States,' says Cox.

Paul Mosley, who is president of the Clarke County Board of Supervisors, agrees with Cox about the importance of the industry to the area. However, he says there's not much more that local government can do to save the county's last garment manufacturer.

"We've offered them a building that's right behind their current building. It's a good building; it certainly won't be rent free. Their estimates are that it's going to cost $1.8 million and the citizens of Clarke County don't have that money."

Mosley says $1.8 million is the estimated cost to bring the proposed building up to standard for USA Fabrics. Mosley says these are tough economic times and county supervisors are not going to burden taxpayers with an almost $2 million debt.

'We hate to see anybody lose jobs, but we can't bind our citizens, the taxpayers of this county, to ensure that a company is going to make a profit. We have to look, out for our taxpayers here in the county. We certainly don't want to lose the jobs, but they've got to come up with some way to find finances,' says Mosley.

Officials with USA Fabrics say they are taking steps to try and secure money to reopen the plant.

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  • by Not Surprised Location: Lauderdale County on Jul 26, 2012 at 08:28 AM
    Maybe instead of worrying about manufacturing, they should focus more on developing their downtown. After all, look what it has done for Meridian.
  • by Debra Location: Clarke on Jul 25, 2012 at 05:20 PM
    They said it right they don't have the money because they spend it on nonsense. Other wise they would have some money to keep the plant open and help out the county they always put money into thing that are unnessary and then claim that they are doing for Clarke County. We as real people need to open our eye to put people in that care about job's not there pocket book and the Country as a whole and back to the basic of what Living America really Stand For made in America. Not made in there fancy home and cars and pocket book. It's time they stop buying new cop car and serving the criminal with our money and themself and start serving the people that work hard to keep what they have worked for all these year's.
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      by true Clarke Countian on Jul 26, 2012 at 10:00 AM in reply to Debra
      Debra, did you go to school in Enterprise?
  • by Worried Location: FarawaY on Jul 25, 2012 at 03:03 PM
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