Area’s congressional representatives voice optimism

Will Richmond

After actively aiding those employees who found themselves out of work following the closure of Quaker Fabric, the city’s congressional delegation said they are pleased to see textile manufacturing return to the Spindle City.

“That sounds like good news,” U.S. Rep. Barney Frank said after being told of Victor Innovatex’s decision to acquire the majority of assets of Quaker Fabric. “I’m going to call and welcome them to the city of Fall River. I’m very happy to hear this and, at the very least, I am going to thank them and let them know there are local elected officials here to do whatever we can and say thank you.”

Sen. John Kerry, who visited with Quaker workers in the aftermath of the company’s shutdown, said the return of textile manufacturing jobs is great not just for Fall River but for the entire state.

He said he hopes those same workers he met are considered for new positions.

“This is some long-awaited welcome news for Fall River after difficult months of great uncertainty. Keeping jobs in Massachusetts is a top priority, and this acquisition may be a great step in the right direction,” said Kerry. “We’re counting on Victor Innovatex to retain the talented workforce already in the city and continue to employ the former workers of Quaker Fabric.”  

Sen. Edward Kennedy said that as pleased as he is to see a revival in the industry within Fall River, that he is even more excited by the prospects of people being given another chance at finding employment in the field they have become accustomed to.    

“This announcement is a very positive development for Fall River and the many skilled and dedicated workers left reeling by the sudden closing of Quaker Fabrics this summer,” said Kennedy. “These men and women have deep roots in the city and contribute immensely to the region’s economy, and they deserve our strong support.”

E-mail Will Richmond of the Herald News (Fall River, Mass.) at wrichmond@heraldnews.com.