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The Associated Press August 11, 2010, 3:10PM ET

Obama suit maker marks anniversary of close call

Workers at a Chicago-based company that made suits for President Barack Obama are marking the one-year anniversary of the day they almost lost their jobs.

Hartmarx Corp. was forced into bankruptcy protection last year after lenders cut it off. Its creditors had pushed for liquidation. But state officials and workers had threatened a sit-in.

The company was sold in June to Britain-based Emerisque Brands and SKNL North America BV.

On Wednesday, workers ate picnic-style lunches on the lawn at the factory in Des Plaines.

Fifty-six-year-old Ruby Sims says it's a good day, and she doesn't know how she would've found another job.

Hartmarx made a tuxedo, topcoat and suit for Obama's inauguration. It also made the suit Obama wore election night.

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