JACKSON PLANT CLOSING: The tough apparel market has claimed yet another mill.
Jackson Mills Inc., N.Y., said it is closing its Iva, S.C., plant.
Company officials said the shutdown would take about eight to 12 weeks and affect close to 400 hourly and salaried employees.
The plant, which has been in operation since the early 1900s, makes bottomweight gray goods for the apparel and home furnishings markets. The company said it will supply customers from its Wellford, S.C., plant, which will continue to operate.
Earlier this year, Concord Fabrics said it was shutting down its Washington, Ga., plant, while Andrex Industries closed its Zebulon, N.C., knitting plant.
DECOTECH TAPS HAYES: Decotech LC, New York, said it has named Tricia Hayes director of design, a new post. Hayes, who has spent the past two years as design director of Belding Hausmann, is charged with overseeing all design direction for Decotech’s apparel fabrics. She reports to Dan Sixsmith, Decotech’s president.