Fort Payne police investigating sock theft

Police in the "Sock Capital of the World" are looking for who may be behind the theft of more than 50 packs of socks from a manufacturing facility Tuesday.

Posted: Nov 1, 2017 4:01 PM

Police in the "Sock Capital of the World" are looking for who may be behind the theft of more than 50 packs of socks from a manufacturing facility Tuesday.

Fort Payne police say 52 packs of socks were taken from Renfro Corporation on 3398 Winn Avenue in Fort Payne.

Police say the value of the socks is more than $100, and the department did not announce an arrest in its Tuesday police report.

Renfro Corporation makes legwear products for many major brands including Fruit of the Loom, New Balance and Ralph Lauren. The North Carolina-based company operates five U.S. manufacturing and distribution facilities, including its Fort Payne location. It employs 4,500 people worldwide.

Fort Payne's history with the hosiery industry dates back more than a century. The city claims a "new era began" in 1907 when a hosiery mill became operational. At one point, Fort Payne was the largest single location of hosiery manufacturing in the United States.

While sock manufacturing isn't as prominent as it once was in Fort Payne, the city says it has diversified its economy with more industries along with tourism.

The Fort Payne Chamber of Commerce says the sock industry still employs 1,200 workers.

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