More Sock Factory Layoffs in Fort Payne

More Sock Factory Layoffs in Fort Payne

There are 74 comments on the WHNT News 19 story from Jul 14, 2010, titled More Sock Factory Layoffs in Fort Payne. In it, WHNT News 19 reports that:

More layoffs are coming to the sock mills in Fort Payne. The Montreal-based Gildan-Prewitt company will relocate about a third of its knitting equipment and all its wet processing operations to Honduras.

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tommy l

Rainsville, AL

#1 Jul 14, 2010
outsourcing sucks
just saying

Owens Cross Roads, AL

#2 Jul 14, 2010
tommy l wrote:
outsourcing sucks
no...SOCKS
littlebit

Albertville, AL

#3 Jul 14, 2010
This is just horrible. When is it going to end? When we don't have anything made here anymore??? All of our jobs are gradually going to foreign countries. That is why unemployed keeps climbing.
Laidoff worker

Rowlett, TX

#4 Jul 14, 2010
Same thing happen to me I lost my job December 23 2010, after 20 years working @ coopers. It looks like all the sock mills will be gone in the next year or two. This free trade has put us in the free soup line and people are hurting and angry.
Not surprised

Shreveport, LA

#5 Jul 14, 2010
Don't be fooled, Gildan knew what it's plans were when it came to Fort Payne. Total outsourcing! Elimination of competition. They have no social conscience! Who do they run for? Wal-Mart, that's who. Wal-Mart wants everything as cheap as they can get it no matter who it hurts. Sam Walton would roll over in his grave if he knew.

I guess if you need someone to blame, it could be Robert Aderholt for voting for CAFTA.

Outsoursing of textiles is deeply corrupt. It's wrong. And guess what, thanks to FREE TRADE it's legal.
Concerned

Hopkinsville, KY

#7 Jul 15, 2010
Yes outsourcing sucks.... But we did this to ourselves. We always want to buy American but go for the lower price everytime. Walmart is only giving us what we asked for through our purchases.
Larry

United States

#8 Jul 15, 2010
Not surprised wrote:
Don't be fooled, Gildan knew what it's plans were when it came to Fort Payne. Total outsourcing! Elimination of competition. They have no social conscience! Who do they run for? Wal-Mart, that's who. Wal-Mart wants everything as cheap as they can get it no matter who it hurts. Sam Walton would roll over in his grave if he knew.
I guess if you need someone to blame, it could be Robert Aderholt for voting for CAFTA.
Outsoursing of textiles is deeply corrupt. It's wrong. And guess what, thanks to FREE TRADE it's legal.
First.....you can absolutely blame Robert Aderholt! He had the make or break vote on CAFTA and he decided it was better to screw the hard working people in Ft Payne.

Sam Walton has his grave wallowed out he has rolled over so many times! Wal-Mart is absolutely the worst place in the country to work these days. They could care less about their associates, all they are worried about is the bottom line. My wife has worked for them for 20 years, 19 of those as a Department Manager. Hopefully, this will be her last year. If a member of store level management needs to take off for months for personal reasons, that is fine. But if an associate needs to take off for a day, even for illness, even for the illness of their child, it will be you know what to pay!
about to be unemployed

Springville, AL

#9 Jul 15, 2010
I've been employed in the sock mills in Ft Payne for 25 yrs, 2 things to say. Maybe Gildan can take some of the illegals they employ to Honduras with their machinery. Who is gonna buy Wal Marts stuff if nobody has a job or money.
nobrobama

Huntsville, AL

#10 Jul 15, 2010
about to be unemployed wrote:
I've been employed in the sock mills in Ft Payne for 25 yrs, 2 things to say. Maybe Gildan can take some of the illegals they employ to Honduras with their machinery. Who is gonna buy Wal Marts stuff if nobody has a job or money.


If taxes weren't so high on the corporations that are employing the American citizens, the jobs would stay in the United States. We will see more factories moving overseas due to this administration's unprecedented tax increases on both the average American and on corporations. Welcome to Obamaland.
acro

Huntsville, AL

#11 Jul 15, 2010
"Change you can beleive in", sockers, I mean suckers.
acro

Huntsville, AL

#12 Jul 15, 2010
Renounce your citizenship. Become an illeagal. Reap the benifits. You'll have it made!
Not surprised

United States

#13 Jul 15, 2010
With regard to taxes, it has been my family's personal experience that NAFTA and specifically CAFTA have done more damage than anything else. Companies won't leave if they can't then import as much product as they choose. In Fort Payne, The CENTRAL AMERICAN FREE TRADE AGREEMENT was the beginning of the death of an entire town.

It's not about taxes. It's about fair competition. Gildan (a Canadian company) first bought out Kentucky Derby (hosiery) in 2006 and moved everything offshore leaving nothing but despair in their wake. Then they targeted the Prewett family in Fort Payne. Without VI Prewett (deceased) to hold onto the industry he and Jimmy Cooper built, there was no one with the want to keep hosiery in Fort Payne.

Gildan bought out the vast Prewett Associated Mills for one purpose - eliminating competition. They took the machines and RAN to Honduras. Wal-Mart is probably doing a little dance of happiness. What's more, Gildan was smart enough to require certain key players in the Prewett organization to remain on board and deflect attention and criticism.

If our GOVERNMENT wanted protect American jobs and industry they would reign in CAFTA and NAFTA. It would enact protectionism against China. Until that happens, you can say goodbye to ALL forms of manufacturing all over the country. First it was electronics and toys lost to China and now it's textiles lost to Central America.

While it might be convenient to buy a huge tv for under $400 you can bet that many thousands of Americans lost their jobs because of it. The same is true for the very clothes we wear.

Wal-Mart and their ilk is helping us to kill ourselves from the inside out. The US middle class will slowly disappear for lack of work and the gap between the Haves and Have Nots will become glaringly obvious. And the scary thing is, by the time the average American notices it - it will be too late.
Elizabeth

United States

#14 Jul 15, 2010
To those being laid off, I am truly sorry to hear that. It is almost impossible to buy any clothing made in America. That really ticks me off, because I believe in my fellow countrymen. I am fed up with companies outsourcing because of the almighty dollar. I sincerely hope those who decide to outsource go to **** in a handbasket and take their illegals with them!
LiveinHuntsville too

United States

#15 Jul 15, 2010
Wonder why the US economy is spiraling downward? Wonder why the economy is not rebounding? Wonder why unemployment is at a historical high? There's companies all over the US just like Gildan-Prewitt that are outsourcing jobs to third world countries such as Honduras or Vietnam to remain competitive and profitable. China is no longer cheap enough! Making profit and retaining "top talent" CEO's who earn more than 1000 times the average US worker salary comes before anything else! It doesn't matter how many years you've worked for a company. They could care less. You are just a number and a burden to the balance sheet at the end of the quarter. WOW! I really wonder why people are so mad??
Stan and Kyle

Knoxville, TN

#19 Jul 15, 2010
I feel bad for not wearing socks in the summer. It's all my fault
acro

Huntsville, AL

#20 Jul 15, 2010
Stan and Kyle wrote:
I feel bad for not wearing socks in the summer. It's all my fault
No wonder it smells like a pickle when I'm around you! PEW!!!!!
Don

United States

#21 Jul 15, 2010
Stan and Kyle wrote:
I feel bad for not wearing socks in the summer. It's all my fault
just a screw ball.
Former Owner

United States

#22 Jul 15, 2010
Robert Aderholt along with President Bush is to blame. If Aderholt would have had the nerve to do his job and stand up for us (Americans) who voted him in we would still have jobs in Fort Payne. Its to late to save the jobs in Fort Payne but its not to late to put Aderholt on the unemployment line with the rest of us that have lost a job because of him.

“Tooting my own horn”

Since: Aug 09

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#23 Jul 15, 2010
i look to the day soon that most of if not all factories are gone from this land,and these factory workers will leave as well, I can only hope.
wimbly

Haleyville, AL

#24 Jul 16, 2010
Former Owner wrote:
Robert Aderholt along with President Bush is to blame. If Aderholt would have had the nerve to do his job and stand up for us (Americans) who voted him in we would still have jobs in Fort Payne. Its to late to save the jobs in Fort Payne but its not to late to put Aderholt on the unemployment line with the rest of us that have lost a job because of him.
Clinton signed it, not Bush even though he wanted to...but just goes to show you they are all poor excuses for the office(and they people) they represent.

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