Then & Now: Mode O'Day

Workers sew garments at the Mode O'Day factory in
Hastings. The factory operated June 1947 to Nov. 1984
when it closed.

THEN — In 1946, the Hastings Corporation built a 14,000- square-foot building at 419 E. South St. for the Mode O'Day Corporation factory to manufacture women's blouses and uniforms. 

The factory opened in June 1947 and remained in business until November 1984, employing during that time usually more than 100 people, most of whom were women. Hastings joined Fremont; Salt Lake City and Logan, Utah; Chanute and Ottawa, Kan.; Trinidad, Colo.; and Mason City, Iowa; as cities that were sites to Mode O'Day factories. 

NOW — Mode O'Day has been closed for nearly 30 years, but it's significance is still felt throughout the community. 

"It was a good place to work," said Wanda Williams, who worked at Mode O'Day from 1961 until the plant closed. "We all worked hard, but we made some lifelong friendships."

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