Timex Ends U.S. Watchmaking

An American watchmaking tradition is ending. Timex Corp., the best-selling watch brand in America, is closing its last manufacturing plant, in Little Rock, Ark., after 56 years of operation. The Middlebury, Conn., firm was the last major domestic watchmaker of the once-thriving U.S. watch industry doing any manufacturing here at all. Over the past half century, other major companies have closed, were bought out, or moved abroad (mainly to southeast Asia), although a few still do some assembly in the U.S. Virgin Islands or Puerto Rico. Timex itself set up assembly operations in the Philippines a number of years ago. Until last year, Timex's Little Rock factory, the last U.S. plant to make parts for a widely sold watch brand, made cases and watch parts for 22 million watches, about 80% of Timex's annual production. The parts were then shipped to Timex's watch assembly facilities in t

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