Congressman Talks Ethan Allen Closure

09-08-06 – The devastating news for some employees in Atoka that the Ethan Ellen Plant plans to close its upholstery production line, has gotten the attention of Congressman Ernest Istook.

Istook, a candidate for Oklahoma Governor, is meeting with city leaders and employees in Atoka Friday.

According to a press release, Istook wants to get an assessment of the jobs lost in Atoka, which is a community of about 3,000 people.

Wednesday, Ethan Allen made plans to convert the plant into a distribution enter needing fewer employees. Ethan Allen has operated in Atoka for more than 30 years.

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