It was ten years ago when a town of 7,174 lost several hundred jobs. The end of an era.
The announcement came on November 12, 2002, crashing down on the community like a tidal wave of shock and disappointment.
After 57 years, J.E. Morgan Knitting Mills would fade away and lock the doors, with the loss of 460 livelihoods.
"We're phasing out the textile operations in Tamaqua," said Christopher Romano, then vice president, manufacturing.
The longtime reign of Schuylkill County's largest employer had ended. And everyone felt the hit.