Some jobs will move to Selma

Published 10:52 pm Saturday, January 21, 2012

Though American Apparel’s Fort Deposit plant is closing, 75 employees are expected to make the move to Selma. -- Tim Reeves

By Fred Guarino
The Lowndes Signal

About half the employees of American Apparel Inc.’s Fort Deposit plant will be employed in Selma.

“Probably close to 90 percent of the employees were offered a job in Selma if they would like to come. At this time our indications are about half of those people offered a position in Selma accepted it. So, we expect something like maybe 75 of the employees that were employed at Fort Deposit to be employed in Selma,” said Jim Hodo, chief operating officer of American Apparel Inc.

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Hodo said a small group, about 25, of Fort Deposit employees would not have a job in Selma because their positions are going away.

On Monday, Jan. 9, American Apparel Inc. announced that it is closing its Fort Deposit plant, impacting 175 jobs.

According to the company, the Fort Deposit location will be consolidated with its Selma plant with the closing slated to be completed by May 31.

“It was a very difficult decision. We have really been down in Fort Deposit almost from the beginning of the company,” said Hodo.

“The trend has gone on for several years, but has been very pronounced under the Obama administration to set aside military apparel to various groups which have preferences of different kinds,” said Hodo.