Ghost-Townification of America: Small town’s last factory looking to close doors, more jobless

Ron Gholson
The Blount Countian

About 200 American Apparel employees at the Oneonta plant were laid off two weeks ago, according to plant manager Tom Reeves, who confirmed the layoffs as a result of The Blount Countian’s inquiry yesterday. The layoffs are considered temporary for the time being, he said, though he was not optimistic about prospects for employee recall. Only six to eight employees remain and are cleaning the building, he said.

“The building is still here and the machines are still in place but we’ve sold all our stock out and are awaiting word from the owners as to what they’re going to do,” he said. No firm decision to close the Oneonta plant has yet been announced.

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