Job force reels from plant closing
Approximately 156 local and area residents will soon be without a job following the closure of Williamson-Dickie Manufacturing Company, which was bought out last year by VF Workwear. Production in Uvalde, which has been ongoing for 60 years, will be transferred to Mexico and Honduras.
The economic impact of the local Dickies operation meant $8 million per year in payroll and taxes, more than $2 million per year investment in the community, and if purchasing was included, it would number in the hundreds of millions. The information was provided by the Uvalde Area Development Foundation, which chose to highlight the business in June of 2015.
According to Vanessa McCutchen, director of corporate communications with VF, the decision is unrelated to the ongoing international trade policy discussion but rather part of VF’s ongoing optimization of business operations.
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