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Albany Int’l to close Alabama site

Albany Int’l to close Alabama site

Albany International Corp.’s U.S. footprint will shrink further in 2008, with the company planing to

MENANDS — Albany International Corp.’s U.S. footprint will shrink further in 2008, with the company planing to shutter it forming fabric manufacturing facility in Montgomery, Ala.

Still suffering from paper mill industry consolidations in the United States and Canada, Albany International called the closure of the Montgomery plant a “business necessity.” The closure will affect 90 hourly and salaried workers.

The company, which makes paper machine fabrics and belts used by paperboard makers and paper mills, will shift manufacturing work from the Montgomery plant to others in North America through Aug. 31. The Montgomery work will go to plants in Portland, Tenn., Menasha, Wis., and Perth, Ontario.

Albany International in August also decided to eliminate 225 jobs in the Capital Region by closing its press fabric plant in East Greenbush and a dry fabrics operation at its headquarters in Menands.

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