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(From Agence France Presse)
Blue jeans pioneer Levi Strauss and Co. announced plans to close its remaining North American factories, saying it had to outsource more to remain competitive.
The company credited with inventing denim jeans said it plans to close its sewing and finishing operations in San Antonio, Texas, by year-end, costing some 800 jobs.
Additionally, its three Canadian facilities -- two sewing plants in Edmonton, Alberta and Stoney Creek, Ontario, and a finishing center in Brantford, Ontario -- are to close in March 2004, displacing another 1,180 employees.
"Regrettably, these closures will affect workers who have done a …