End approaches for Clarksville Colgate-Palmolive plant

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Two years after Colgate-Palmolive announced plans to close its once-bustling southern Indiana factory, the end is near for most of its remaining workers.

Company officials say that in three weeks, the Clarksville plant will shut down its final production lines, eliminating about 115 of the remaining 200 or so jobs there just days before Christmas.

Juanita Sneed, with the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, says although the closing was announced in October 2005, many of the plant's remaining workers are struggling with the finality of it.

Colgate was a mainstay of the Clarksville economy for more than 80 years. The closure will hit hard throughout the area, as local governments and schools lose an important tax base, and neighboring businesses lose regular customers.

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