By Harold Bearden
Tuesday, August 2, 2011 | 7:08 AM
The best news to come from Hackleburg since the April 27 tornadoes was the announcement Monday night by the Vanity Fair Corporation the Wrangler Distribution Center would be rebuilt. As the largest employer for the town, the news was made even better when company officials stated not only would the facility be rebuilt, but it will be made even bigger and employ more people.
Plans are to increase employment from 150 to 200, an increase of 50. The plant will be rebuilt at the same location on Highway 43 on the north side of Hackleburg. The original destroyed building was built in 1981. Cleanup of the debris is already underway and officials stated they hoped to be operational again by summer of 2013. There were 13 people in the building when struck by the tornado, one was killed.
News of the rebuild was met with jubilation from workers who have been relocated to other company facilities such as the old sewing plant in Hackleburg and Holly Pond. The announcement is good news as it will not only help in the economic recovery of Hackleburg, but the surrounding area.
"This is a great day for the people of Hackleburg and the State of Alabama,” said Governor Robert Bentley. “[The] news that Wrangler will rebuild in our state could not have come at a better time as communities across Alabama are rebuilding their lives."