Manufacturer closes, 170 jobless

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MIDDLEBURY, Vt. (AP) – Specialty Filaments Inc., a manufacturer employing 170 people, has closed.

Thr brush maker cited overseas competition as the reason for suspending operations Friday to discuss its future with its senior lender.

The length of the closing and whether the company will reopen was uncertain, said company spokesman Bill Haynes.

The company, which manufacturers bristles, closed its Burlington plant 15 months ago and consolidated operations in Middlebury, cutting about 100 jobs.

The company had annual sales of $40 in 2005. Sales have dropped since then but Haynes declined to say by how much.

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