Alamac American Knits announced it would shut down its 415,000 square-foot facility. The decision was described as abrupt but expected. Alamac enjoyed a seventeen-year run, going against the grain as America’s textile industry moved to China, Central America, and Canada. Its success was attributed to two profitable niches: uniform/trade and flame-retardant fabrics. Both markets were on the decline, but management was optimistic about a turnaround strategy. The final blow, however, was Hurricane Matthew back in October. Although the facility is sturdy, having been built in 1962, and well above the flood line, it suffered damage when a 30,000-square-foot piece of roofing blew away. Management struggled with costs for replacing the roof and electrical machinery soaked by the rain, compounded by downtime; but catching up became too “overwhelming.” CEO Mark Cabral assured the company is working with the state on outplacement for its 154 employees, and all vendors and creditors will be paid in full.