Hafner LLC, the Gordonsville textile manufacturer, has abruptly shut down, laying off all 90 employees. The Canadian-owned company took over the old Liberty Fabrics facility, which shut down in October of 2001, laying off 345 workers. David Hendrick has the story in today’s Daily Progress.
Manufacturing once played a major role in the Virginia economy, but the effects of NAFTA began to erode that in the early 90s. With the end of the textile quotas on January 1, it’s all but certain that all fabric manufacturers in the United States will cease to exist in the coming months as we race to the bottom.