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Plant Closes After 177 Years, Moves To India

Continental Eagle Corp., a cotton gin manufacturing company founded in Prattville, Ala., by town namesake Daniel Pratt 177 years ago, is moving production to India.

PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) -- Continental Eagle Corp., a cotton gin manufacturing company founded in Prattville by town namesake Daniel Pratt 177 years ago, is moving production to India.

David Mrozinski, the company's vice president of international sales, said Tuesday that engineering, marketing and some other functions will stay in Prattville, but the main work will go to Bajaj Steel Industries in Nagpur, India. He said the Alabama plant will be phased out over the next year.

The Montgomery Advertiser reported that Prattville Mayor Jim Byard said the move was better than a total closure of the company.

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