UPDATE: Golden garment factory looks to secure new contracts; no closure of plant

This affects Golden Manufacturing in Tishomingo County.

Posted: Nov. 15, 2018 5:58 AM
Updated: Nov. 15, 2018 10:02 AM

Update 11/15/18 9:55 a.m. - This update corrects errors and includes new information not originally found in the original Associated Press article.

Golden Manufacturing is affected. Officials with the company tell WTVA 9 News the company runs two lines. One line would be affected if they don't get the contract. The line that could be affected makes uniforms for the U.S. Navy.

The other line continues to operate and manufactures uniforms for the U.S. Army. There will be no impact on the Army work.

At this time, the company is bidding on other contracts as well as talking with the Navy to keep their contract.

The loss of contracts would affect production at the plant but would not force it to close.

Golden employs 80 workers at the Tishomingo County plant. They do not operate a plant in Georgia.

See the original Associated Press article below. 

GOLDEN, Miss. (AP) — A northeast Mississippi factory that makes military garments warns it may close if it can't get another contract.

Mississippi Department of Employment Security records show Golden Manufacturing has warned its 80 employees that they could be laid off by Jan. 4.

The company, located in the town of Golden, tells the state agency that its current government contract is ending. Managers are seeking new contracts to continue current production levels.

U.S. Defense Department records show that in 2014, Golden Manufacturing won a contract for up to five years making combat and other coats for the U.S. Army and Navy. The final one-year extension was awarded in April 2017, records show, bringing the contract's value to $105 million. At that time, Golden said it was making coats in Mississippi and Georgia.

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