Friday, September 20, 2013

Textile Turnaround in Gaffney, South Carolina

Well, I suppose the good news is that Undersecretary Sanchez encounters few hand-shaking interruptions on his plant tour.

U.S. Textile Plants Return, With Floors Largely Empty of People. (The New York Times, 9/19/2013)

From England to New England to the Carolinas to China, India, and Mexico.  For years, textile companies have been on the search for ever cheaper sources of labor.   But now, with automation, paying workers a few dollars a day isn't so cost-effective when factoring in transportation costs and turnaround time.

Abandoned Mills: A Paradox of Opportunity and Danger. (The New York Times, 1/8/2006)

Excerpt:   'Drive around New England, what do you see?'' said Mr. Granato, former chairman of the Stonington Planning and Zoning Commission. ''Vacant mills. They reflect upon an era gone by, and in the small New England towns where they folded, they left misery behind. Many New England communities, including several here in Connecticut, are just recuperating from the losses.''

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