Dozens of jobs have been lost with the closure of a historic textile plant in Maine that once supplied wool for uniforms worn by soldiers fighting in the Civil War.

Robinson Manufacturing Co's blamed cheap overseas imports for its decision to axe its yarn-making and weaving operations at its Oxford plant with the loss of 70 jobs.

The 150-year-old company said it will continue to employ around 16 people for dyeing and finishing work on apparel to be sold on commission or through its Oxford Mill End Store.