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Russell Brands, LLC , headquartered in Bowling Green, Kentucky , is an American manufacturer of sports equipment , which markets its products under many brands and subsidiaries, including Russell Athletic its flagship brand and Spalding.

Formerly a publicly traded company, Russell Brands has been a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway since By , the company owned and operated 13 sewing plants outside Alexander City and employed 15, workers. Since , sales revenues had increased by 13 percent annually. Adams, Russell Corporation had become the top manufacturer of athletic uniforms in the US.

In , the company was awarded a five-year contract to be the exclusive producer and marketer of athletic uniforms for most MLB teams. The contract also stipulated that the company held the exclusive right to manufacture and market replicas of major league uniforms, T-shirts and shorts. This put the company in an advantageous position in relation to its main rival, Champion, Inc.

In alone, Russell's international sales increased by 40 percent over Although sales and net income reached record levels in , in part because of the impact of the Summer Olympics which were held in Atlanta that year, Russell's fortunes turned down in when both sales and net income fell.

The decline was caused by intensifying competition as industry-wide over-capacity and price-cutting by rivals forced Russell to lower its own prices, all of which hurt the company's results. Particularly troubled was the Licensed Products Division, which Russell dissolved in , dividing its operations among the other divisions.

In , Russell also ended its licensing deals with the professional football, basketball and hockey leagues. In early , as the company's troubles continued, Adams retired. Within months of his arrival, Russell announced a major restructuring. Over a three-year period, the company planned to eliminate about 4, jobs, or 23 percent of its workforce; close about 25 of its 90 plants, distribution centers and other facilities; and move most of the final assembly of garments abroad, to Mexico , Honduras and elsewhere in the Caribbean basin.

Russell also established a second headquarters in Atlanta in February Russell had also increased its offshore apparel assembly to 55 percent of total capacity, a substantial increase from the 17 percent level before the restructuring was launched.

Russell had far to go before it could be considered fully turned around, but it appeared that the company was well on its way. The company completed its restructuring process in Nearly all of its retail outlets had been closed, over 6, jobs had been cut, and most of its manufacturing operations had moved abroad. The bill has been talked about for more than a year. Some in the community think the bill has been discussed so much, the focus has shifted off improving education for students in Matthews.

Rankin believes HB is about politics because of what Matthews town commissioners recently offered to CMS leaders as a compromise. Matthews Mayor Paul Bailey says he is for House Bill because it is the answer to address overcrowded schools in Matthews. Bailey says Matthews running its own charter school would make students in the area a priority and offer immediate relief. Sources say Matthews town commissioners wanted a compromise reached with CMS before Wednesday night's town hall meeting.

Many parents wrote notes and questions for CMS leaders on cards, which were then read aloud.