New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 18, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
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JHIMission Valley Fabrics move cuts 45 jobs
By Dylan Jimdnez
Forty-five people will be out of work by Oct. 25 when Mission Valley Fabrics transfers denim finishing operations out of New Braunfels and closes its retail store on McKenna Avenue.
Plains Cotton Cooperative Association (PCCA), parent company of MVF, announced Friday it will relocate a portion of its denim finishing operations to its American Cotton Growers Denim Mill in Littlefield, northwest of Lubbock.
Thirty-eight manufacturing jobs have already been cut. Those employees will be offered the oppor-tunity to transfer to Littlefield, spokesman John Johnson said Friday.
Seven more retail workers will work through the end of the month.
Johnson said he was unsure how much the city would lose in taxable capital.
The mill has been here since 1998. The layoffs are the third round of cuts by MVF in the last two years. In 2001, two rounds of layoffs put 500
people out of work.
All the layoffs stem from the same overseas competition, Johnson said.
PCCA continues to reduce production costs to remain competitive with cheap imports of textiles and apparel from China and other Asian countries, Johnson said.
Asian countries keep costs 40 percent lower than U.S. manufacturers, he said.
“The financial strength of this company remains very solid, but we can not afford to produce for a loss,” Johnson said. “We have an obliga
tion to the farmers who own this coop to make money for them.”
PCCA has about 30,000 stockholders.
The layoffs bring the area’s manufacturing jobs loss total to about 70 after Porter Graphics, a sign maker, closed earlier tiffs month.
The mill will continue to manufacture yam with about 72 employees.
There are no textile manufacturers in the area for the 45 workers to turn to, said Rusty Brockman, economic development director for the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Com
“There’s not anything close by for these folks to go and do anything they’re used to,” he said.
The only manufacturer hiring now is Moll Industries, which is hiring part-time workers, said Ed Vallego, Texas Workforce Center manager.
San Antonio manufacturers are not expanding either, Vallego said.
The retail store on McKenna will sell its inventory of yam-dyed, woven fabrics until 5 p.m. Oct. 25.
Next week the plant will shut down for a week to move inventory.
Recruiters court area students
By Dylan Jimdnez
Jonathan Dominguez, a New Braunfels High School senior, took time Friday to visit with a Marine Corps recruiter at the annual college fair at the civic center.
Dominguez is a first lieutenant in the junior ROTO program. He wants to go to school after a four-year commitment and become a firefighter.
Armed forces recruiters joined technical schools, apprenticeship programs, art schools, community colleges and four-year universities at the fair. More than 60 institutions offered information about education and* training programs to 600 juniors and seniors from area high schools.
It is important for students to apply to colleges in the fall, said Sherry Miller, Canyon High School career center director and event coordinator.
Most of the recruiters were Texas schools, but institutions as far as the University of Oklahoma attended the fair.
Texans make up 20 percent of the OU freshman class, said Paul Rocher, associate director of perspective student services.
Many of the schools had already sent •out a number of acceptance letters, recruiters said.
Schools receive a lot of applications in September, said Dana Tarrant, Sam Houston State University admissions counselor.
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Dieters high on protein
ABOUT LOW-C ARB
I Low-carb diets induce lipolysis and ketosis.
I Lipolysis is a body process of burning away stored fat as a fuel source.
I Lipolysis and ketosis usually occur during a two-week "induction” period. during which dieters' intake of carbs is very limited.
I After induction, carb intake is gradually increased. SOURCE: atkins com
Although the diet seems to work. Nutritionist Nancy Teevyhouse said dieters should take precautions:
■ Drink a 1/2 ounce of water per pound of body weight per day.
■ Lack of water could lead to or complicate kidney problems.
■ Meats lose essential enzymes, minerals and vitamins when overcooked.
■ Supplements might be necessary to ensure proper nutritional value is consumed.
Nick Dixon, a cook at TJ's Burgers and More, serves up a meat patty topped
with guacamole, one of the eatery’s low-carbohydrate meal options.
Eateries stir up meals low on carbohydrates
From staff, wire reports
New Braunfels restaurants are jumping onto a national trend of beefing up menus to help customers slim down.
TJ's Burgers and More and New Braunfels Smokehouse are among local eateries that have responded to consumer demand for low-carbohydrate meals.
“Everybody’s looking for the low-carb diet right now,” said Mark Lehmann, Smokehouse manager. “A lot of people would come in and order a grilled chicken breast or a hamburger with just cheese on it.”
“We put together all our meats that are low-carb with our vegetables that are low-carb and put a tossed green tossed salad with it,” Lehmann said.
Low-carb diets allow dieters to eat meats, bacon, eggs and dairy products — all protein-heavy foods — but eliminate breads, sugars and starches.
The popular Atkins Diet, named for Dr. Robert Atkins, is one of the best known low-carb diets and has taken American dieters by storm.
Recent research suggests that people on low-carbohydrate diets can actually eat more than folks on standard lowfat plans and still lose weight.
With word-of-mouth success stories circulating, the demand for low-carbohydrate options had increased. Restaurants are responding in kind.
Smokehouse owner Sue Snyder decided to introduce a low-carb menu in September, l>ehmann said.
“The perception is that barbecue food
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Canyon High School junior Sterling Handrich attempts a few pull-ups at the college fair Friday to see if he has what it takes to become a Marine.
Ramsay to seek another term on bench
Special to the Herald-Zeitung
SAN MARCOS — State 22nd judicial District Judge Charles Ramsay announced Friday his intention to seek re-election.
“Serving the citizens is a privilege, and I feel the support of the voters in this district is the highest honor I have received in my years of service,” Ramsay said in a press release. “I am proud to serve the voters of this district who have given me their unfailing support over the years.”
A lifelong resident of Hays County, Ramsay has served on the 22nd district bench since 1981. The 22nd Judicial District serves Comal, I lays and (Caldwell counties.
Ramsay services as local administrative judge
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of the three district courts that serve those counties — 22nd, 274 and 207th.
In addition to his duties on the bench, Ramsay in on the juvenile board in Hays and Caldwell counties. He has served as an officer of many civic and professional organizations, including as president Charles Ramsay of the South Central Texas Bar Association, president of the San Marcos Kiwanis Club and director of Southside Community Center in San Marcos.