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Representative Ed Whitfield

Representing the 1st District of Kentucky

Whitfield Statement on the Closing of Fruit of the Loom

Apr 4, 2014
Press Release


JAMESTOWN, KY – Fruit of the Loom, a clothing company, announced it will close the Jamestown plant at the end of the year and as a result, 600 jobs in the region will be lost. The rising cost of business in the United States was cited as one of the reasons the company is moving their facility to Honduras.


“I am saddened by the closing of this facility and the lives that will be impacted by the loss of these jobs,” said Whitfield.  “It is very disappointing that President Obama’s EPA regulations have impacted the largest employer in Russell County. I will continue to work in Congress to stop overregulation and ensure businesses have certainty so they can create jobs.”  


Whitfield, who champions lowering electricity costs for consumers and manufacturers, is disheartened to see the negative impacts of regulations coming out of President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), especially when they directly hit Kentucky.  As a result, Whitfield introduced legislation, the bipartisan Electricity Security and Affordability Act, which sets parameters around EPA’s efforts to regulate greenhouse gas emissions on power plants.  By doing so, Whitfield’s bill allows private companies the option to build new state-of-the-art and efficient coal plants if they wanted to do so in the future.  EPA’s current proposed regulations on electricity plants amount to a de facto prohibition on building a coal plant in America because the technology to do so is not commercially available. The legislation recently passed the House of Representatives and is awaiting consideration in the Senate. 


“We want to be able to compete in the global marketplace and the high compliance costs of recent regulations out of EPA are forcing companies overseas,” said Whitfield. “If our electricity costs rise due to excessive regulations on power plants that negatively impact our manufacturers, then those jobs and facilities will close as is happening with Fruit of the Loom.”