CMI Industries is closing its Vance factory with the loss of 600 jobs, it has been revealed.
 
The company says the closure is due to continued competition from textile imports, a slow economy and financial losses.
 
The Vance factory makes woven cotton, polyester and cotton/polyester blended fabrics.
 
As a company, CMI manufactures a textile products for a range of industries, including woven apparel, elasticised knit apparel and industrial and medical markets.
 
CMI says the Vance factory is due to close by July 8 and it will work with the Employment Security Commission to help workers find new jobs.
 
By Deborah Bowyer