A Fort Dodge company where specialty gloves were made since 1970 has closed, costing 22 production workers their jobs.
The Messenger newspaper says the Ansell Hawkeye factory closed on Thursday. Operations Manager Mark Lolley blamed the closure on Pentagon budget cuts, saying the Defense Department was the company's biggest customer.
Lolley says there were be layoffs at the company's plants in Arkansas, Illinois and Michigan.
Ansell Hawkeye made gloves out of leather and cotton, and were used by soldiers, firefighters and hunters. It bought the former Hawkeye Glove Manufacturing plant in 2008.
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