Hugo Boss Closing Ohio Plant

German clothing maker said Wednesday it will close a 300-worker plant in Cleveland, Ohio that makes men's suits.

FRANKFURT (AP) -- German clothing maker Hugo Boss AG said Wednesday it will close a 300-worker plant in Cleveland, Ohio that makes men's suits.

The company, based in Metzingen, said in a statement that the decision was made because the plant not being used to its full capacity and "the fact that it is not globally competitive." Hugo Boss makes two lines of men's suits there.

As a result, it will not extend its collective bargaining agreement with the Workers' United union and will close the plant at the end of April.

Beyond Cleveland, Hugo Boss employs some 900 people in the U.S. in its stores and showrooms and administrative positions.

Shares of Hugo Boss were down more than half a percent to euro20.05 ($28.94) in Frankfurt trading.

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