Factory that made knives for Marines, Boy Scouts shuts down

CAMILLUS, N.Y. It produced the knives carried by (m) millions of G-Is during World War Two, and afterward made folding knives for generations of Boy Scouts.

This week, the century-old Camillus Cutlery Company outside Syracuse shut down for good.Employment at the factory in the village of Camillus had dwindled from 700 at its peak in the 1940s to just a few dozen following a bitter six-month strike last year.The president of the United Steelworkers local representing the last dozen or so union workers left without jobs by the shutdown says they were told about the closing Tuesday and punched out for a last time yesterday.Managers at the privately owned company aren't commenting.Camillus Cutlery made 15 (m) million knives for the U-S military -- including the Marines -- and other Allied forces during the Second World War. The company has made the official folding knife of the Boy Scouts of America for the past 50 years.But Camillus Cutlery was devastated in recent years by stiff competition from foreign manufacturers, which has claimed several U-S knife manufacturers.