Kellwood Closing

By: Ryan Dearbone
By: Ryan Dearbone

The Kellwood company is packing its bags and heading out of Morgantown after almost 40 years.

Many Butler County residents are not happy with the company's decision to relocate overseas.

Mayor Charles Black says, "They're going to china, just like all these big industries are doing. Why not? Our president, our economists, our government give them incentives that help them out if they go over there."

Kellwood is just the latest in a string of corporations that have left Morgantown in recent years.

The Cain Corporation and the Sumitomo plant both departed from Butler County in recent years.

Local business owner, Betty Brown says she thinks its because the economy is in such poor shape that businesses are downsizing to stay afloat.

Although nearly one hundred people will be out of work come March, Mayor Black says they will be able to find work elsewhere in the city.

"We still got 900 to 1000 industrial jobs in town. We have 2500 and about 44 people, so we still have more than a third of our population has jobs available."

City officials are taking advantage of the loss by going out looking for new businesses to bring to the town.

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