GERMANY: Hugo Boss sticks by Ohio closure plan
German fashion house Hugo Boss told just-style that plans to shut its last US production plant will go ahead, despite a Hollywood-style boycott of its suits led by actor Danny Glover.
Lethal Weapon and Predator 2 star Glover met workers at the Cleveland, Ohio, suit factory yesterday (24 March).
The plant closure is scheduled for 28 April.
Dr Andreas Stockert, chief operating officer of Hugo Boss, said: "While the union continues to put great effort and time into protesting an unfortunate but necessary business decision, our concern is to support our employees in any way possible during this period of transition."
Glover's visit was organised by US union Workers United, which is campaigning against the closure and 310 jobs that will be affected.
Stockert added in an emailed statement to just-style: "Besides that, we respect the views of everyone involved –including those of well-known personalities –but would ask them to familiarise themselves with the full facts of the situation."
Glover began calling for a Hollywood boycott of Hugo Boss suits at this year's Oscars.
He said in a letter at the time: "The workers are productive, and the plant is productive. But Hugo Boss has decided that it can make even more profit by moving production to Turkey or Eastern Europe.
"Hugo Boss says it wants to expand its sales in this country, and the brand depends on Hollywood cachet. Please tell the world you won't be wearing Hugo Boss on March 7th."
Defending the closure last month, Hugo Boss said there was no economically reasonable alternative to closing the facility.
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