Who Will Dress the Children?

A company that has been making children's clothing in Waterbury since 1921 is shutting down its plant, leaving up to 40 people without jobs.

Waterbury Garment LLC has closed its local operation after its sale to a New York City-based clothing maker.

Waterbury Garment, which was located on Thomaston Avenue, has ceased operations, a company executive said.

The company designed, manufactured and distributed children's sleepwear for large retailers including Sears and J.C. Penney. It was sold in late October to Charles Komar & Sons Inc., which makes women's and children's underwear and lingerie.

The company was founded as Waterbury Apron Co. in a store on Baldwin Street in 1921, the Republican-American reports. It moved to a Cherry Street location several years later and bought its current headquarters in the Waterville section of Waterbury from Burlington Industries in 1962, the newspaper reports.

An executive said a small group of workers remains at the company's Waterbury headquarters to tie up loose ends.

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