USA Fabrics Future?

For about the last two weeks operations at USA Fabrics have been at a standstill. The problem is that the roof at the plant leaks badly.

Fixing the roof could be costly. Because of the building's age, city officials say along with the roof, other features could also have to be fixed. Mayor Eddie Fulton says bringing the building up to standard could cost a million dollars or more.

'USA Fabrics cannot operate in the current building and repairs are so extensive that it's just not feasible,' says Fulton.

To address the problem the owner of USA Fabrics and the Clarke County Board of Supervisors are looking at ways to partner and move the plant to a metal building just yards away from the current site.

'They're asking the owner of USA Fabrics to come up with a plan to show he has the working capital to operate this plant and his willingness to move it,' says Mayor Fulton. 'If those things would happen, the board of supervisors would be more willing to build that building out and the walls up, things like that that have to be done in order to move it.'

Since opening ten years ago, Mayor Fulton says USA Fabrics has generated hundreds of thousands of dollars annually for the city. If it can remain open he says it could even generate more jobs.

'He's got country music stars right now who for every one of their concerts they'll buy 3,000 to 5,000 shirts and they'll do 8 concerts. You've got five of those. So, there's an extensive demand for them and we've got one of the biggest screen printers in the world who will come back and buy from us.'

This week an evaluation is being done to determine how much it would cost to move the plant into the new building. Once that information is available, Mayor Fulton says the owner of USA Fabrics is expected to present the estimate to supervisors.

USA Fabrics opened in Quitman in 2002. At its peak, more than 80 people worked there. Six months ago that number had dropped to 22.

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  • by Mark on Jun 21, 2012 at 05:49 AM
    The right to disagree is what makes this country great. Did USA Fabrics who is not paying taxes keep another company that would have paid taxes from coming to Clarke County? I do not think that is or was the case. At least Clarke County recieve some benefit from sales tax from employees wages. I wish companies were lined up trying to move to Clarke County but, there aren't and probably will not ever be. The few businesses in Clarke County that have high paying jobs pay taxes on their property. By the way anonymous I do not live in Mr. Fleming's district. I have not seen anyone reply to Mr. Marshall not paying his property taxes. It is hard to believe he is in charge of spending county tax money and is not paying his own property taxes. If you do not believe me check the Clarke County Tribune. It is in print. I am very saddened by the dirty politics of a certain few. When I moved to Clarke County I thought I would never see anything like that happen. Curly, Moe and Larry should be ashamed of themselves for their actions and false statements. I guess we will see what the man who says he controls Clarke County can do with his hynchmen in place.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 20, 2012 at 04:28 PM
    I would love to have a business that I didn't have to pay any rent or county taxes on for 10 years. I don't know why the the supervisors didn't have an agreement with the onwner of USA Fabrics stating that he had to keep up the maintenace for getting to use the building for FREE, seems like poor planning 10 years ago. The only thing that is going to change with new supervisors is who the favors are done for. The old ones had thier circle that they looked out for and covered up for. The New one are going to do the same thing, it just might be for a different crowd. If you don't think so you are living under a rock. It is the same in any politcal office, from federal, state, and local offices. Depending on what side of the fence you are on will determine if you blame the old supers, or the new ones. The real problem is that everyone that wants to fuss and call names have never set down with the old or new supers to ask what they can do to help the county. Political jobs are not guaranteed forever, that is an understanding one must have when running for one. People have to exspect change at some point, that is why so many political jobs have term limits. Just my thoughts, you have the right to disagree.
  • by Anonymous Location: Quitman on Jun 20, 2012 at 09:47 AM
    USA Fabrics has not paid one dime for the building they've been using. The supervisors have let USA Fabrics use it rent free for the last ten years. That's definitely the old supervisors fault, not the new ones. USA Fabrics seems to be poorly managed. The new supervisors haven't been in office one year yet. Tony Fleming was in 20 years and everything seemed to dry up during his tenure. I think you should step back a moment before using all caps and calling names.
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      by Mark on Jun 20, 2012 at 03:00 PM in reply to Anonymous
      which one are you anonynous? CURLY, MOE OR LARRY?
  • by Confused on Jun 20, 2012 at 07:22 AM
    @ worried... so when Tony Fleming was in office the roof wasn't leaking ???
  • by Anonymous Location: Clarke County on Jun 19, 2012 at 07:08 PM
    The mayor is full of it that place has not really ran since Quitman Knitting Mills was there. The mayor just looking for a vote coming up soon for to be re-elect. He is lying just like the supervisor lied too get in office. What have they done these six months they been in the office? Lol The only thing different is Toney Fleming is not on there. They were going to shake up the county when they got in, the only thing they shoke up was those lies they told. Mayor Fulton is shaking his up now! They all are a joke even the three clowns on the county board! Curl Larry @ Mo what a joke!
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      by Worried on Jun 20, 2012 at 04:19 AM in reply to Anonymous
      I agree with you...they worked,cheated and lied so much to get Tony Fleming out of office and to elect abunch of back wood,no good cheating none educated folks to take his place...Just like Stonewall and the mill that could be used for something...they are just letting it ROT DOWN...there are alot of small towns like us around Mississippi without some sort of small are large plant that still do good and look nice...Take a good look at Quitman and Stonewall...come on open your eyes they look bad and thats because our board of dummies who you the people elected spend more time in the office talking about folks than getting out and trying to get work around here...makes me sick
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      by Mark on Jun 20, 2012 at 06:56 AM in reply to Anonymous
      I agree Mayor Fulton is working on getting reelected.HE IS A CLOWN. Enough said about him. The new supervisors need fulfill the promises they made during their campaign. I would like to know how a person can be elected and serve on the board of supervisors who handle county tax money and he does not even pay his property taxes? Look at the delinquent tax rolls Mr. Marshall has not paid his property taxes in several years. how can this happen? With all the promises that were made I would have thought we would have dozens of new businesses by now. My question to the new supervisors is WHAT IS THE PROBLEM? WHERE ARE ALL THE NEW BUSINESSES YOU PROMISED TO BRING TO CLARKE COUNTY? Yes it is the Curly, Moe and Larry. I am not talking about all the new supervisors when I say that. I am talking about the 3 men one of which is a new supervisor that was behind good ole do rite. You three lying hynchmen know who I am talking about. You three started the dirty politics in Clarke County. Curly, Moe and Larry everyone knows Larry. YOU THREE ALONG WITH ANY ONE THAT BUYS WHAT YOU ARE SELLING ARE CLOWNS!!!!!
  • by ANONYMOUS on Jun 19, 2012 at 03:59 PM
    All that's being said about USA Fabric is all a lie. The last day of work was June15.The roof has never stop USA Fabric from running. When it rain buckets are put down too catch the water. It has never been 80 people working there.In the last 6 months their my have been about 14 people working some worker have been laid off for over 3 year . Everyone have more than one job there
  • by Charles Location: Quitman on Jun 19, 2012 at 03:44 PM
    USA Fabrics Has been getting taxes free for ten years since they opened. They claim they don't have enough money to make payroll and pay rent or do maintenance on the building. Sure the roof leaks. It always has. You have to do maintenance on everything. I think maybe USA Fabrics is poorly managed and it is time for them to start paying taxes and quit riding the tax payers. I payed taxes on my business all my life. I know that mill. I worked there 29 and and 1/2 years. They need to pay up and repair the roof. Clarke county needs to get another industry in that location.
  • by Lisa Location: Quitman on Jun 19, 2012 at 02:59 PM
    22 employees is a lie, they dowsized to 4 employees, and the statement about them being shut down for the last two weeks is also incorrect. They stopped working this past thursday. Before that the employees were in there working and catching water in buckets.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 19, 2012 at 01:22 PM
    Classaic case of overworked-underpaid? So there were 80 people working there and the number dropped to 20 now theres a need for a new building/roof.Coming up with a plan to start again "could generate more jobs"???....i say shut it down-greed is a terrible thing
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