WASHINGTON — A duck river textile factory worker put on her uniform for the first time since the factory closed last week.
Cheryl Kuehne, 48, worked at a textile factory in the town of Duwamish in Wisconsin until the factory was shut down after its owners decided it wasn’t profitable to continue making clothes.
The workers put on the new uniforms Monday morning, and they were greeted by cheers.
It’s a very good feeling to have this uniform and be able to go out and be productive,” Kuehrne said.”
It’s an exciting time for me because I’ve been working in a textile company for nearly 30 years and have seen how much I’ve grown and seen how this industry has changed.
“The Duwamsish, Wisconsin, textile plant closed last Thursday after it was forced to stop making clothes in order to cut its costs.
Its owners decided to shut down the factory and the surrounding area after a survey showed it was making too much clothing for its customers.
Duwamishes Mayor Robert Sperling told ABC News that he’s proud of the work that went into putting on the uniforms.”
They’re all new uniforms, new clothing that I would not have made without the Duwamiis knowledge and expertise,” he said.
Sperling said the new uniform program will give workers a chance to showcase their skills to the people they serve.
The Duwinis will donate $100,000 to the National Park Service for its clothing and camping programs.