USA Fabrics Part 3

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: bill@usafabrics.com


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  • by Debra Location: Clarke on Jul 27, 2012 at 09:15 AM
    To the man in Meridian This is Clarke County and if you lived here you would see the money wasted on nonsense. They didn't want to help when they first ask to get the roof fixed this is a company that asked back when and the Mr Mosely if wanted to be honest would agree to that. They just like to be like the rest and put money in there pocket and forget about the one's that care about living in America and wanting America made product's and what is best for everyone in Clarke County and this Nation.
  • by Cassandra Tyson Location: Clarke county resident Enterprise on Jul 26, 2012 at 08:09 PM
    "Made in the USA/small town USA"
    Will America stand by and let another
    made in the USA label go down the tubes? Diane Sawyer did a series some months back and help bring attention to this dilema, go for it WTOK! Send this story to ABC, CNN whoever. Clarke county lost jobs when Berlintons moved out of the country. We cant let this be another loss.
  • by Bob Location: Meridian on Jul 26, 2012 at 08:05 PM
    Let them close
  • by BizOwner Location: Meridian on Jul 26, 2012 at 04:19 PM
    OK after seeing a little of the plant maybe I couldn't make the same thing for 1.8 million... but I would know when to fix my roof and not let my building go to crap. Don't give em anything. Stick to your guns Mr Mosely, no free ride.
  • by BizOwner Location: Meridian on Jul 26, 2012 at 04:11 PM
    This SMELLS... A building doesn't get in this kind of shape overnight. Sounds like a business owner looking for a handout. If Quitman leadership has another building they want to put him in then they can do it if that's what they want. I'm all for local jobs but this guy sounds like he wants a free fix for a problem any business owner with sense would have seen coming. When my roof started leaking I called Daniels Roofing and paid for it to be fixed, which they did. I didn't go before the city council. And 1.8 million to move? I don't know what all this place has to move, but from what I know of the shirt business I believe I could build a building and stock with new equipment for making and screening shirts for that or less. Sounds like the Obama business "You didn't build that" line, yet he's playing it in the "I don't have to build that" fashion. Giving this guy anything sounds to me like a slap in the face of every hard working Clarke county businessman.
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