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Fruit of the Loom plant in Vidalia to lay off 150

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VIDALIA, La. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - The largest employer in Vidalia, Fruit of the Loom, announced this week it would lay off nearly 150 of its 260 employees beginning in March.

Martin Mills Inc., a subsidiary of Union Underwear Company Inc., announced Tuesday it will permanently reduce the workforce at its Vidalia distribution center, which opened in 1995.

Vidalia Apparel is housed in a 1-million-square-foot building in the Vidalia Industrial Park and distributes Fruit of the Loom's casual wear and intimate apparel product lines.

Concordia Parish Economic Director Heather Malone said she received a call from Mayor Hyram Copeland Tuesday morning informing her of the announcement.

Malone said conversations with Fruit of the Loom officials were positive Tuesday and Wednesday, and there was no indication of a decline in the plant's operations.

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