Port Barre Apparel Re-Opens Plant After Almost Two Years

Port Barre Apparel Inc., Port Barre, La., reopened its production facility after being closed for
approximately two years.The reopening is expected to create more than 300 jobs. Thirty people were
initially hired to begin operations. Many of the workers displaced by the initial plant closing are
expected to be rehired. Prior to closing in October 1997, the facility was operated by Fruit of the

December 1999