Wrangler Plant Opens, Symbol of Home For Hackleburg

HACKLEBURG, Ala. (WHNT) – The upcoming anniversary of the April 2011 tornado outbreak brings up lots of memories.

Through the disaster, Hackleburg, Alabama was one of the hardest hit areas.

The VF Wrangler distribution plant got wiped away and several people lost their lives.

But now, two years later, the facility has been rebuilt and that’s a sign of hope for the entire community.

Residents of Hackleburg say they have a lot to give thanks for:  a rebuilt manufacturing plant is one.

“Well we`ve come a long ways.  We have the VF distribution center back and that means everything in the world to us,” said Hackleburg mayor Whitey Cochran.

This plant serves as a symbol of resilience to the entire community.  After the ceremonial ribbon cutting, nearly 150 people went to work.  The plant is already filled with product, boxed up and ready to be sent out.

While this major operation is finally back up and running in Hackleburg, the people who died during the tornado outbreak in this town, and even in the plant are still being honored.

“We`re never gonna forget the ones that lost their lives the ones that lost loved ones, they`ll always be remembered,” said Cochran.

But now, this town looks forward to the future.

With a multi-million dollar facility to boost the community and lives of residents, the VF wrangler plant is a welcome addition to all.