2009-11-19 / Front Page

New Era to close Jackson plant

322 employees to be out of work by February

 New Era Cap Co. will close its Jackson plant by early 2010, putting 322 employees out of work.

The Buffalo N.Y. -based manufacturer of Major League baseball caps announced its intent Thursday of shutting down the Jackson plant as well as a Mobile distribution center that employs 70 by February 2010.

The company is also looking to close either its Demopolis plant or its Derby, N. Y. plant, consolidating its operations into one facility.

Company Spokesman Paul Gallagher said a decision on which of the two plants will be closed will come after discussions with the workers' union.

Officials with the Communications Workers of America – the union representing both plants – are expected to immediately begin discussions with New Era management on the future of the Derby and Demopolis operations.

The Demopolis plant employs 350 and there are 334 employees in Derby, near Buffalo.

The Jackson plant and the Mobile distribution center voted in the union in recent years after a bitter contest that drew a lot of attention.

Gallagher termed the Jackson plant the least productive of the three plants. He said consumer demand is down and the company must curtail production.

New Era laid off workers a few months ago due to the slowdown in consumer demand.

The plant opened a 100,000 square foot addition in 2007 that cost $2 million with Jackson and Clarke County contributing funding.

See more details in next week’s Clarke County newspapers.


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