A spokesman for Crystal Brands, the Connecticut-based conglomerate that owns Eagle Shirtmakers, said the Mahanoy City plant was closed because "the Eagle line would not be profitably produced at that location, organized the way it was."
The closing of the Mahanoy City plant was part of an overall reorganization of Crystal Brands, which included closing Eagle-Gant Shirtmakers distribution center in Allentown. About 75 jobs will be lost when the center, set to close Aug. 31, is merged with the Izod LaCoste warehouse in Reading.
2 PHOTOS by JOHN F. SIMITZ, The Morning Call CAPTION: Downtown Mahanoy City, with closed Eagle Shirtmakers plant visible in upper left. CAPTION: [Eleanor O'Hazzo] said a lot of the women cried as they left the Eagle plant for the last time. She cried too. PHOTO by RON DEVLIN, The Morning Call CAPTION: Eagle Shirt factory was in full operation in 1980 photo.