Dan River Inc., Danville, Va., has filed a voluntary petition for protection in the US Bankruptcy
Court for the District of Delaware — the second such filing for the company in four years.
Dan River emerged from its previous bankruptcy in February 2005. Late that year, India-based
soda ash and textiles manufacturer Gujarat Heavy Chemicals Ltd. (GHCL) acquired the company and
ultimately closed all of the Dan River manufacturing facilities, retaining the Dan River brand and
its global marketing platform, and expanding GHCL’s home-textile manufacturing capacity in India.
Dan River has continued to maintain its corporate offices and several distribution facilities in
Danville, as well as sales offices in New York City, Atlanta and several other locations, according
to Calvin Barnhardt, the company’s vice president of human resources.
GHCL recently announced its own restructuring and is splitting its textile business from the
soda ash business, according to Barnhardt. He added that GHCL is looking into setting up a separate
company to handle all of the sourcing globally for its textile businesses, which also include
retail operations in the United Kingdom.
April 22, 2008