Clothing and accessories company Lands' End on Tuesday said it is to axe its final two domestic plants next year although some of the 175 workers affected by the closures may not be out of work for long.

The firm, bought by Sears, Roebuck and Co for $1.9 billion last year, will close two plants in Iowa next Spring in a move which affects about 140 staff.

A further 40 workers in Wisconsin who cut materials made at the facilities will also be laid-off.

The factories make a range of products including hats, mittens and scarves along with bags and luggage, but the plants' output only accounts for a small percentage of its total operation.

Lands' End said some employees will be offered jobs at other operations while a sportswear firm which is buying one of the production bases is looking to hire around 50 employees.