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Oct. 6, 2011CHILLICOTHE, MO |  By: Wayman

Chillicothe Plant Closure

The mayor of Chillicothe says news of the Gear for Sports and Hanes Brand Factory closure is a bombshell for the community.

The athletic clothing company opened in Chillicothe in 2011 but was bought by the North Carolina-based Hanes Brands last year. That company now says it's moving the plant and nearly 130 jobs to Mexico by this December. Chillicothe mayor Chuck Haney calls Gear for Sports a great partner with the city over the past decade but says the swift closure is "Disappointing" and an economic blow to workers and to the entire community.

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Haney says the employees are being told they will get 3 to 4 weeks of pay and benefits as the layoffs are phased in and completed by December.