Opp textile mill to close; 135 jobs lost

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OPP, AL (WSFA) - It's a big blow to the local economy in the city of Opp, more than 135 jobs are to be eliminated after a company decides to close one of its mills.

Mayor H.D. Edgar confirmed receipt of a letter Friday from Johnston Textiles in which the company announced its decision to close the Micolaus Mill. The move was said to be part of a consolidation effort on the company's part.

The 135 positions will be moved to the company's Phenix City factory.

Mayor Edgar said the news was very disappointing. "We kind of sensed it coming," Harris said. "We have been worried for quite a while now. It is a blow for us."

Opp is home to approximately 7,000 residents. "If you lose that many jobs... it will take its toll," the mayor lamented, adding that he had never lost a single company in his six years as city leader. The two cities are separated by nearly 150 miles.

Edgar said Johnston Textiles offered Opp workers a chance at the Phenix City jobs. Monday, the mayor plans to call the state to discuss assistance.

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