Yesterday's news that Dan River Inc. had been sold to an Indian company came as an unwelcome post-Christmas gift for the company's approximately 1600 employees. The textile company has very deep roots in Danville as its smokestacks have been a fixture of the city's skyline for decades.
As the RTD reports:
It is a bitter moment for a city that once had two kings: textiles and tobacco. The reigns of both are now over in Southside Virginia.I just drove through Danville a couple of days ago and as I passed the Dan River facility I pondered the tremendous economic, political and social changes that have met this region since its founding. The outsourcing of Dan River is now an all-too-familiar realization of those very changes.