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But by the ’70s, the world had started to change. Not only were man’s fashions becoming more casual, foreign factories were gaining market share. With its high union salaries, Seitchik & Sons found it difficult to compete with low-wage factories in Asia. America’s tariff structure didn’t help. Import duties favored Southern cloth mills over Northern manufacturers. By 1999, the situation had become untenable. Unable to compete with foreign manufacturers, Seitchik & Sons shut its factory and reinvented itself into a clothing importer, trading as Harmony suits.
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