Mt. Vernon Mills CEO David Hastings talked about the Trion plant recently while testifying before the House Ways and Means Committee.

Hastings serves as vice chairman of the National Council of Textile Organizations.  The group opposes proposals to extend duty free preferences in textiles to Bangladesh and Cambodia.

Hastings told the members of Congress about an event recently at the Trion plant when Mt. Vernon advertised several openings and over 270 people began to line up before daylight to apply for the jobs.

Hasting told House members that changes in trade rules to give new preferences to large and growing exporters such as Bangladesh and Cambodia would force the Trion plant and many other U.S. textile mills to close.

Hastings told Congree “ (these workers)  livelihoods literally rest in your hands,”

Information from Rome Newst Tribune