Some victory for Selma's American Apparel - WFXG FOX 54 - News Now

Some victory for Selma's American Apparel

SELMA, AL (WSFA) -

Mary White remembers all too well the morale took a hit when American Apparel lost a contract making coats for the U.S. Army. 

"It hurt because this was their livelihoods," said White who is the plant manager at America Apparel. 

Empty chairs at the sewing stations still tell the story today of the people who were let go. American Apparel was outbid by SNC, a company in Alaska. American Apparel appealed that ruling to the Government Accountability Office in Washington, D.C. 

Company leaders spent in excess of $100,000 in legal fees fighting the decision. In return the GAO awarded American Apparel a $28 million contract. 

"We don't anticipate having enough work for those 125 people to return. That's the unfortunate part. The 275 we have here we feel comfortable we'll have working here through 2013 and 2014," said American Apparel Chief Operating Officer Chuck Lambert. 

Not exactly a full victory but certainly much better than before. 

"Part of the settlement agreement allows American Apparel to produce 50% of the first year's delivery here in Selma," said Lambert.

American Apparel is facing a similar situation at its plant in Opp. Just this week Lambert says he had to let go 220 employees over a contract cancellation but is also appealing that decision as well. 

White is grateful to still have a job but also recognizes in today's economy the sharp sting of unemployment is always a possibility. 

"We just take it one day at a time," White said. 

One day at a time and choosing to look not too far down the road.

Copyright 2013 WSFA 12 News.  All rights reserved. 

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Rachel Dolezal, who posed as black, accused of welfare fraud

    Rachel Dolezal, who posed as black, accused of welfare fraud

    Thursday, May 24 2018 9:02 PM EDT2018-05-25 01:02:28 GMT
    Friday, May 25 2018 1:17 AM EDT2018-05-25 05:17:55 GMT
    (AP Photo/Nicholas K. Geranios, File). FILE - In this March 20, 2017, file photo, Rachel Dolezal poses for a photo with her son, Langston, at the bureau of The Associated Press in Spokane, Wash. Dolezal, a former NAACP leader in Washington state whose ...(AP Photo/Nicholas K. Geranios, File). FILE - In this March 20, 2017, file photo, Rachel Dolezal poses for a photo with her son, Langston, at the bureau of The Associated Press in Spokane, Wash. Dolezal, a former NAACP leader in Washington state whose ...
    A former NAACP leader in Washington state whose life unraveled after she was outed as a white woman pretending to be black has been charged with welfare fraud.More >>
    A former NAACP leader in Washington state whose life unraveled after she was outed as a white woman pretending to be black has been charged with welfare fraud.More >>
  • Jury recommends $25M in Johnson & Johnson lawsuit

    Jury recommends $25M in Johnson & Johnson lawsuit

    Thursday, May 24 2018 4:42 PM EDT2018-05-24 20:42:21 GMT
    Friday, May 25 2018 1:17 AM EDT2018-05-25 05:17:39 GMT
    Johnson & Johnson said it's disappointed in the decision and will appeal. (Source: AP Photo/Tony Dejak)Johnson & Johnson said it's disappointed in the decision and will appeal. (Source: AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

    A Southern California jury has ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay more than $25 million to a woman who claimed in a lawsuit that she developed cancer by using the company's talc-based baby powder.

    More >>

    A Southern California jury has ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay more than $25 million to a woman who claimed in a lawsuit that she developed cancer by using the company's talc-based baby powder.

    More >>
  • Amazon: Echo device sent conversation to family's contact

    Amazon: Echo device sent conversation to family's contact

    Thursday, May 24 2018 5:52 PM EDT2018-05-24 21:52:19 GMT
    Friday, May 25 2018 1:17 AM EDT2018-05-25 05:17:28 GMT
    A woman says her Amazon device recorded a private conversation and sent it out to a random contact. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)A woman says her Amazon device recorded a private conversation and sent it out to a random contact. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
    A woman says her Amazon device recorded a private conversation and sent it out to a random contact. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)A woman says her Amazon device recorded a private conversation and sent it out to a random contact. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

    Amazon says an "unlikely" string of events prompted its Echo personal assistant device to record a Portland, Oregon, family's private conversation and then send the recording to an acquaintance in Seattle.

    More >>

    Amazon says an "unlikely" string of events prompted its Echo personal assistant device to record a Portland, Oregon, family's private conversation and then send the recording to an acquaintance in Seattle.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly