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Its a huge loss to our city, City Manager Roy Rodriguez said. Michael Kors Dove Gray
Its not only the number of jobs, but its the magnitude of the operation theyre our largest user of reverse osmosis water.
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The city recently completed a multi million dollar expansion of the reverse osmosis plant that serves the company, de la Garza said.
The company pays the Harlingen school district $222,429 a year in property taxes.
For the Valley, the plants shutdown marks the end an era.
As city officials prepare to put a proposed $42 million bond issue to a vote Sept. 13, the plant closures economic impact is not expected to influence the vote, de la Garza said.
But the Valleys plants couldnt compete with foreign based manufacturers, which used cheap labor to hold down costs.
He said that the city was ready to partner with Harlingen in helping some of the displaced employees find jobs in San Benito and jointly seek transitional assistance if so requested.
Were going to work out a settlement with them, he said, pointing to the companys stake in the systems expansion. Whatever outstanding obligations they have with Harlingen and its entities, were going to work them out.
Foreign competition drove the companys decision to close the plant on or before Dec. 31, Fruit of the Loom officials said in a press release.
Through the 1970s and 1980s, garment manufacturers such as Fruit of the Loom, Levi Straus, the William Carter Co. and Haggar employed thousands across the Valley, fueling much of the regions economy.
The college will help employees train for new skills through a program that helps students earn their general equivalency diplomas while offering vocational and computer training, he said.
In 1988, the city developed a reserve osmosis system that lured the apparel manufacturer to town, de la Garza said.
If these employees decide to go to school, well have resources waiting for them, De Leon said. A lot of these employees dont have their GEDs. Their skills are very, very limited.
I dont believe the loss Michael Kors Navy Bag of those 791 jobs will impact the bond issue, he said. For the average Harlingen home valued at $50,000, the proposed tax increase of 2.18 cents per $100 valuation would increase taxes by $10.90 a year, he said.
Texas State Technical College anticipates it will place about 300 employees in a program it set up for Levi Strauss workers left jobless last year, said Javier De Leon, the colleges director of special projects.
of working with them on some projects, he said.
The company will continue to pay the city as long it owns the 600,000 square foot plant, officials said.
We built the plant for them to come to Harlingen. That was part of the deal, he said.
As part of an agreement, the company pays the city $255,000 a year in lieu of taxes, Finance Director Ken Mitchell said, adding the payment is based on the plants property value, which is pegged at Michael Kors Jet Set Backpack Small
Fruit of the Loom to lay off 791 Valley employees
The companys decision to shut down the plant comes after its emergence from bankruptcy. About a year ago, billionaire investor Warren Buffets Berkshire Hathaway purchased the company.
The program continues to train 200 students who lost their jobs when Levi Strauss closed last year, he said.
Fruit of the Loom pays the city $800,000 to $900,000 a year for reverse osmosis water it uses to dye fabric, said Ron Thomas, general manager of the citys Waterworks System.
The action was necessary due to the continuing onslaught of imported textile and apparel products from China and the Far East, the company said. textile manufacturers. The company must align its manufacturing capacity to the current market conditions in order to remain competitive in this market.
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