Alabama Sock Town Suffers as Cotton Soars

Feb 21, 2011 Full story: Wall Street Journal

This rural town was once nicknamed the "Official Sock Capital of the World." A decade ago, one of every eight pairs of socks manufactured globally came from Fort Payne's more than 125 sock mills.

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Old lint head

Coudersport, PA

#1 Feb 28, 2011
Another mute point the hosiery business is dead thanks to greedy owners and Rep. Aderholt. Of the remaining workers probably only a few citizens of the U.S. are employed, most are illegals. As for the buildings left vacant, Gildan should be held accountable if they don't sale then they should be forced to pay for their disposal, most of them could not be used by any other industry. If we don't make the rober barrons accoutable we will look like a little Detroit.
ThomasA

Gadsden, AL

#2 Feb 28, 2011
Old lint head wrote:
Another mute point the hosiery business is dead thanks to greedy owners and Rep. Aderholt. Of the remaining workers probably only a few citizens of the U.S. are employed, most are illegals. As for the buildings left vacant, Gildan should be held accountable if they don't sale then they should be forced to pay for their disposal, most of them could not be used by any other industry. If we don't make the rober barrons accoutable we will look like a little Detroit.
Hey!!! Point the finger at the dumb ass American consumer that does not look at point of origin on socks,underwear,or clothes. These dummies are like cows at the slaughter house that walk up the chute unaware what is waiting around the corner. They waddle and wander into WalMart and buy the foreign made stuff to save a few pennies not thinking or caring what those few pennies mean to the overall health of our American manufacturing! We the consumer have brought on our own problems. Amen???
larry

Fayette, AL

#3 Mar 7, 2011
you can still find socks made here if you try, maybe not at walmart but there are still a few small family mills and it was not the consumer that sent the mills south of the border

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