A century-old garment factory closes for good later this month

Posted by LDonia on 11/05/2012

A garment factory in Pennsylvania will be closing its doors after 112 years of production. According to the Washington Post:

FesslerUSA had survived war and depression, free trade and foreign imports, producing millions of knitted garments from its base in eastern Pennsylvania. Five years ago, third-generation owner Walter Meck and his family were feeling so good about the company’s prospects they doubled capacity, moving into a former pencil factory outside the small town of Orwigsburg.

They were still setting up shop in the new place when the Great Recession hit.

Sales plummeted. Financing dried up. And, after a long struggle to keep the manufacturer afloat, Meck has finally run out of time and money, still awaiting the strong economic rebound that never came. Production will shut down in early November, tossing 130 employees out of work and ending a run of nearly 113 years.

The Associated Press reports that FesslerUSA’s workers are worried about the future since good-paying jobs are few and far between in Schuylkill County, where the factory is located.

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