Over 500 employees of a manufacturing plant in Farmville will soon be loosing their job. Collins and Aikman, which manufactures automotive fabrics, will close by the end of September. The company says they are no longer able to profit from their cloth manufacturing. The company filed for bankruptcy in May of last year, and the company says they are currently trying to get in a better economic position. Company executive vice president Gerald Jones says, "Despite the tremendous efforts of those within our fabrics operations to reduce costs and improve productivity, this segment of our business has simply been unable to compete. Certain styles of textiles heavily invested by the company have fallen out of favor with consumers, raw material prices have escalated and manufacturing has moved outside the United States." A company spokesperson says they are working with Pitt Community College, the Employment Security Commission, and Joblink, in an effort to help workers find new jobs.
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