From the outside to the inside, the current site for USA Fabrics needs a lot of work. Because of widespread leaks, the owners say it's no longer feasible for use. That's why they are considering an offer from Clarke County supervisors to move into a building behind the current site. The estimated cost for the move is at least $1.8 million.
'If we can't get the money, we're going to have to seek public help to get some money,' says USA Fabrics owner, Bill Farrari. 'We might have to look at the sale of stock. If there's any interest from investors, partners or anything to keep this industry alive in Mississippi, we're very interested in working with anyone to do that.'
Within the last year USA Fabrics established a working relationship with some country music stars.
'They did buy their first orders from us and were getting ready to gear up for this most recent concert tour, but again, they wanted real firm commitments that we could meet those dates. We couldn't give those promises,' says Andrea Farrari, who is the co-owner of USA Fabrics.
Ferrari says that's because at the time, problems with the roof were forcing the company to close anywhere from three to four days a week. On the bright side, she says officials from one company they partnered with out of Nashville are still willing to work with USA Fabrics.
'Some of their clientele include; Toby Keith, who is a big customer of theirs and Hank Williams, Jr. In fact, Mr. Jackson runs the whole Hank Williams, Jr., website. In addition to that, Mr. Jackson wanted to put on an on-line store with USA Fabrics shirts.'
Bill and Andrea Farrari say working with officials from the Nashville based company, Screen Play, could help Clarke County get back on track to once again being recognized for its garment industry.
Currently, no one is working in the garment manufacturing industry in Clarke County. If no additional money becomes available, this type manufacturing within the county will be nothing more than a memory.
'We're looking for anybody that has real interest to save 'Made in America' products. We believe that this market is back. It can be back and we can do something with it,' says Bill Farrari.
USA Fabrics opened in Quitman ten years ago. At its peak more than 80 people worked there. When it closed last month that number had dropped to 18 employees. For information on investing in USA Fabrics contact Bill Farrari at: firstname.lastname@example.org