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Munro & Co. to Idle 2 Plants, 260 Workers.

Munro & Co., the footwear maker based in Hot Springs, will permanently close its plants at DeWitt and Clarendon within 60 days.

DeWitt Footwear employs about 200, and its satellite plant, Clarendon Footwear, employs about 60, according to according to
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2. In keeping with: according to instructions.

 a company press release.

An unidentified "major customer" - one whose business accounted for more than half of the two plants' production - has canceled its order from those plants, vice president Mollie mollie or molly, New World fish of the genus Mollienesia, in the same family as the guppy (see killifish). Mollies are found from the E and central United States to Argentina.  Munro said.

The plants are more than 40 years old and were bought from Brown Shoe Co. in the 1970s. The DeWitt plant did complete manufacturing on men's casual shoes for Red Wing, Sears and H.S. Trask, among other customers, while the Clarendon plant did only overflow stitching for shoes that were then finished at DeWitt.

"We just don't see the demand coming back in the men's shoe category adequately to support that plant," Munro said.

Production will continue at Munro plants in Hot Springs, Mount Ida Two sacred mountains are called Mount Ida in Greek mythology, equally named "Mount of the Goddess." Both are associated with the Mother Goddess in the deepest layers of pre-Greek myth: Mount Ida, Crete, and Mount Ida, Turkey, known as Phrygian Ida in Classical times. , Clarksville and Wynne, but there will be some restructuring restructuring - The transformation from one representation form to another at the same relative abstraction level, while preserving the subject system's external behaviour (functionality and semantics).  at those plants, the company said in a press release. Those plants make women's shoes and industrial footwear.

"Our women's business is actually getting better," Munro said, but not fast enough to justify retooling the DeWitt and Clarendon plants.

The company's total employment now is about 900, Munro said, down from about 1,500 two years ago.

"We really do believe in our heart of hearts that we have taken the steps necessary to remain a viable business," Munro said, but she said she could make no promises for an industry that has almost entirely left the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area.  for cheaper foreign labor markets labor market A place where labor is exchanged for wages; an LM is defined by geography, education and technical expertise, occupation, licensure or certification requirements, and job experience .

The plants at Dewitt and Clarendon, suitable for light to medium industrial uses, are for sale, Munro said.
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Author:Moritz, Gwen
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Date:Oct 8, 2001
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