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Plans to Revive Liberty Denim Mill Get Mixed Reactions

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Liberty, S.C. -

Liberty residents are having mixed reactions to a plan that would revive denim production at the Liberty Denim Plant.

Liz Havlin, an advocate from Seattle for American-made goods, hosted the meeting Wednesday at Freedom Park. She presented three different plans to the group in attendance.

The first would take two to five years and move full-scale operations to the old Foster plant in Easley.

The second option would run sample sales and short runs of materials out of the weave room in Liberty that will be salvaged. That plant would create around 25 jobs.

A third possibility is operating a cut-and-sew business in the weave room through a partnership with Clemson University's Apparel Research Center in Pendleton.

The Liberty denim plant closed in 2011. It's now owned by Chip Coker of Greenville, who sells textile machinery. However, Havlin says he's offered to sell the mill land and weave room for $250,000. The mill is set to be demolished next week.

Many people who attended Wednesday's meeting were townspeople and former mill workers. They had plenty of questions for Havlin about the proposals she presented. To read more about their concerns, click here.

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