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170 to lose jobs when Cleveland Hugo Boss plant closes in April

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BROOKLYN, Ohio- Hugo Boss announced it will close its manufacturing facility in Cleveland next year.

The company said it is not renewing the contract for the Cleveland plant and will phase out production over the next few months.

The mayor of Brooklyn said 170 workers will be terminated on April 20.

“It was a really sad day. We lost our Christmas spirit,” said Wanda Navarro, president of the workers’ union at Hugo Boss.

According to Hugo Boss, affected workers will be offered severance packages. The company also said it is working with union representatives to find employees new jobs.

In 2010, the Cleveland facility that makes men’s suits was nearly closed. Hugo Boss said it was shutting down the plant to move production abroad.

That announcement was met with huge opposition from the workers’ union and actor Danny Glover, who joined rallies at plant on Tiedemen Road. Hugo Boss eventually agreed to keep the plant in use.