Hard economic times impact Russell Corp.

Alexander City, Ala. (WSFA) -- The tough economy takes its toll on one of Alex City's largest employers.   Russell Corporation announced the 'phasing out' of its fabrics operation and the layoff of more than 250 employees.

Alexander City Mayor Barbara Young says that although layoffs and cuts at Russell have come with regularity in the past five years, every cut continues to be painful.

Ten years ago the Alexander City operation had over a thousand employees.