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Woman Seeks Help With Pension Plan From Company That No Longer Exists

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Minnie Dulaney has had a job as long as she can remember.

"I've been working since I was 8," said Minnie.

Now, about to turn 65, she's ready to tap into her pension plan she had through a textile plant in Forest City, NC.

"I worked a little over ten years," said Minnie. "I worked in what they call the cutting department."

Minnie says the plant was a Hanes company when she first started, but then switched over to National Textiles, LLC.

In 2006 the plant shut down. Minnie was laid off and got another job, but has always banked on that retirement plan.

"I was supposed to call this number that they gave me, three months before I turned 65," said Minnie, referencing a document from National Textiles from 2006.

The problem is, like the company, that number no longer exists.

"I kept trying to find information out," said Minnie. "I wasted 30 days trying to get a hold of them."

Her next call was to 7 On Your Side.

We found, before the Forest City plant closed, National Textiles was acquired by Hanesbrands Inc.

When we called Hanesbrands' corporate offices, they offered to help right away.

"She is indeed covered under our pension program," said Spokesperson Matt Hall. "ING Institutional Plan Services handles the administration of our pension program and has been directed to call Minnie."

And sure enough, Minnie says she got a call and a pension package in the mail for her to fill out, to get the process started.

But in terms of her actually retiring this year, Minnie says not a chance.

"I'm going to try to make it until 70," said Minnie.

If you learn your company has been sold or will be sold, contact them immediately to find out what will happen with your plan.

You can also call former co-workers who are already receiving pension checks, to see where those checks are coming from.

The Employee Benefits Security Administration through the U.S. Department of Labor may be able to help you track down information as well.

And be sure to keep your pension documents in a safe place.

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