The textile industry of Salem in North Carolina, the state’s largest textile producing region, will pay more than £6 million in wages and benefits after a factory collapse and fire last year left more than 100 workers dead.
The company, Salem Mills Inc., which makes textile clothing and accessories, is owned by local businesswoman Mary Ann Johnson and has been in administration since January.
Salem Mills’ owner, the United States Chamber of Commerce, said in a statement on Thursday that Johnson and her husband, businessman and former mayor Paul Johnson, are providing $4.5 million in grants to help the business improve safety, pay workers the minimum wage and provide medical and other services to those who lost their jobs.
Salampo is located about 20 miles (32 kilometers) south of Charlotte.
Johnson is known for her efforts to promote the health benefits of the local textile industry.
Last year, she announced a partnership with the United Way to provide medical care for textile workers in North Carolinas.