Vt. Sock Maker Seeks Matches in N.C.

A sock factory in Northfield, Vt., is recruiting veteran hosiery workers from North Carolina, where sock makers are shutting down because of offshoring.

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And today's last word in business is about a company that wants to stay in Vermont but needs workers. The last word is Darn Tough Vermont. That's a brand of socks made by Cabot Mills, a factory in Northfield. The company president, Rick Cabot, is determined not to let the company's jobs go overseas, so he contacted a newspaper in North Carolina where sock makers are shutting down. He's hoping to bring veteran hosiery workers up north.

Mr. Cabot tells the paper that his pay and benefits are good. But North Carolinians would have to get used to the cold. The forecast for today in Northfield - light snow, high of 28 degrees, a low of nine. Mr. Cabot may have to offer a signing bonus of free warm socks.

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