Dozens of people will lose their jobs at the end of the week when a plant in Liberty closes.
A spokesperson for the town of Liberty told FOX Carolina that the owners of Liberty Denim have been trying to sell the Mills Avenue plant for a while.
The spokesperson said whether or not a buyer can be found, the plant will close indefinitely on Friday. Liberty mayor Michael Sheriff said he's tried to help the company find a buyer, and he hopes the plant can reopen soon.
According to a listing on manta.com, a small-business website, the plant employs about 180 people. The Associated Press reported that the closing will affect about 120 workers, but the plant had employed as many as 230 workers after it opened in 2002.
In August, Liberty Denim was in the news after a worker was killed when he fell off of a platform and into a textile machine.
The company was cited for violations and fined more than $3,000 by state regulators. A human resources officer with the company said it would pay the fine and has fixed the problems that inspectors found.
Copyright 2011 FOX Carolina. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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