McCall Patterns Plant to Close In Manhattan

A Manhattan plant that prints sewing patterns for most major national sewing pattern companies will close by the end of the year after more than 50 years in Kansas.

McCall Pattern Company officials say the plant currently has 85 employees.

Abbie Small, executive vice president and general manager of the craft division at Design Group, which owns McCall, said the work at the Manhattan plant is being transferred to Wisconsin.

McCall’s printing facility has been based in Manhattan since 1969.

At its height, the plant printed and folded about 200 million patterns a year.

That production has dropped to between 20 million and 30 million, The Manhattan Mercury reported.

Small said the machines in the Wisconsin plant produce patterns on a thicker tissue, which is preferred by today’s customers.

Small said the company notified employees about the closure last week.

She did not provide information about severance packages.