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.