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Jockey Announces Plant Closures

More than 200 employees at a Jockey International Inc. knitting plant in North Carolina and 570 at a Jamaican plant will lose their jobs when the facilities close.

COOLEEMEE, N.C. (AP) -- More than 200 employees at a Jockey International Inc. knitting plant in Cooleemee will lose their jobs by next spring when the plant closes.

The company said Friday it will provide severance pay, benefits continuation and job skill training assistance to affected employees. Cooleemee is just north of Salisbury.

The clothing company also is closing a sewing plant in Jamaica where 570 employees will lose their jobs.

Jockey International president Edward Emma said the company requires substantial capital investment to remain competitive.

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