Cape Girardeau, MO Plant to Cut 250 Jobs

Robert Wittke, left, 24, who says he has been looking for full or part-time work for about two months, talks with manager Jennifer Kaminsky as he fills out an application at Snelling Staffing Services in East Brunswick, N.J., Friday, Sept. 5, 2008. The nation's unemployment rate zoomed to a five-year high of 6.1 percent in August as employers slashed 84,000 jobs, dramatic proof of the mounting damage a deeply troubled economy is inflicting on workers and businesses alike. (AP Photo/Mike Derer)

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) Thorngate Ltd. plans to eliminate its sewing department in Cape Girardeau, a move that will leave about 250 workers without jobs.

The facility manufactures high-end men's clothing. Mitch Robinson, an industrial development director, tells the Southeast Missourian newspaper that training assistance will be offered to the displaced workers.

It is the second setback for the plant in the last month. In mid-August, the plant announced it was cutting back the work week of its 335 employees to three days from five because of declining sales and a struggling economy.

Mayor Jay Knudtson says that given the economy, the news does not come as a complete surprise.

Knudtson says the layoffs should happen in November.

Thorngate did not comment to the newspaper.