Fruit of the Loom announced Thursday it will close the company's Jamestown, Ky. plant, laying off hundreds of workers.
The clothing manufacturer says 600 employees will lose their jobs. The layoffs will begin in phases starting in June and the plant will be closed by the end of the year. Production at the Jamestown plant will transition to facilities in Honduras, according to a press release.
The company says global competition and cheaper production overseas forced the plant to close. State Representative Jeff Hoover of Jamestown posted on Twitter that he is "devastated" by the news.
Fruit of the Loom is the largest employer in Russell County. The company is headquartered in Bowling Green.
A German-based auto parts manufacturer is investing $29 million dollars in Russell County – meaning more than 150 jobs are coming to the Russell Springs area. Representatives for Dr. Schneider Automotive Systems took part in a special welcoming ceremony in Russell Springs.
The event was attended by Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear.
Russell County Judge-Executive Gary Robertson says the company will be moving into the Hitachi Cable plant that closed down in 2007.
“That plant is pretty much work-ready,” said Robertson. They are having to do a few renovations to some flooring, but [the plant] was already available.”
Robertson says the new operation will provide jobs for those already in Russell County and bring in new residents.
A south-central Kentucky grand jury has added rape to the charges facing a man accused of killing a pregnant runner in June. Kentucky State Police said Wednesday that a Russell County grand jury indicted 28-year-old Christopher W. Allman. He was charged earlier with murder, fetal homicide, kidnapping, robbery and tampering with physical evidence in the June 14 death of 31-year-old Sarah B. Hart.
A Russell County woman who was killed while out for a run was in the thoughts of people who gathered for the Bluegrass 10,000 race awards ceremony in Lexington. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that members of Sarah Hart's family were at the ceremony Wednesday.