WETUMPKA, Ala. (AP) - Executives with sporting goods and apparel maker Russell Brands LLC say they will close a distribution plant in Wetumpka by the end of the year, leaving nearly 200 workers without jobs.
The Bowling Green, Ky.-based company this week announced the permanent closure of the Alabama plant, which distributes Spalding equipment such as footballs and basketballs. Company officials said in a statement that the decision is the result of "continued consolidation efforts by the company to remain competitive in a global competitive market."
he phase-down for the plant is expected to begin at the end of July and be completed by the end of the year.
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The company announced last month its Alexander City plant also will be closing.