Apparel company Reed Manufacturing plans to move its cutting, sewing, washing and pressing operations in Tupelo offshore by October, according to local reports.

Production will be shifted to plants in the Dominican Republic, where the company already has two facilities, it was reported. The decision, based on increasing costs, is expected to result in about 55 jobs being affected, representing half the uniform maker's Tupelo workforce.

The company's corporate office, distribution centre, pattern marking operations and product development will remain in the city.