Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Haggar Apparel Closing Plants in Lawton, Temple

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Haggar Apparel Closing Plants in Lawton, Temple

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LAWTON (AP) - Plants in Lawton and Temple with a total of about 500 employees will be closed by Haggar Apparel Co., it was announced Wednesday.

The Lawton plant employs 290 people in the manufacture of men's slacks. At the Temple operation, which is known as the Temple Manufacturing Co., fabric for the slacks is cut out and sent to Lawton. The Temple plant employs about 220 people.

Lawton is located in Comanche County. Comanche County had a 4.1 percent unemployment rate in August, according to the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission with 2,075 unemployed from a workforce of 50,375.

Temple is in Cotton County. Cotton County had a 4.6 percent unemployment rate in August with 150 unemployed from a labor force of 3,270.

President J.M. ``Joe'' Haggar Jr. said the company had been considering the action for some time. Work done at the Lawton and Temple facilities will be consolidated at the company's Robstown, Texas, plant, where Haggar said costs were lower.

``Our people (in Lawton and Temple) didn't do anything wrong. Our people are great people,'' Haggar said. ``You won't find any better workers.''

``We've been agonizing over it for a year, trying to find some way to avoid it. . .It got to a point we could no longer compete with the rest of the world,'' Haggar said of the decision to close.

Haggar said American companies must provide at least part of their production from lower-cost suppliers in order to compete, Haggar said. Haggar Apparel, for example, moved some production to Mexico and the Dominican Republic.

In 1986, Haggar closed its Duncan plant in an action that affected 330 workers. …

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