Duluth, Ga.-based Delta Apparel Inc. has announced it will shut down its textile manufacturing
operation in Fayetteville, N.C., and consolidate production for its M.J. Soffe business into its
Maiden, N.C.-based operation and its Honduras-based Ceiba Textiles operation. The consolidation,
which will affect 107 associates in Fayetteville, is expected to be complete in June 2009 and is
expected to result in annual savings of approximately $1 million.
The M.J. Soffe business will continue to employ approximately 550 associates in Fayetteville
in operations including sewing, screen printing, packaging, distribution, and product and art
development, as well as administrative and sales.
“As our business becomes increasingly competitive, we can no longer justify the additional
cost associated with operating two US textile facilities,” said Delta Apparel President and CEO Bob
Humphreys. “We believe this economic decision is in the best long-term interest of Delta Apparel
and our shareholders.”
The company will attempt to place associates impacted by the closure in open positions in
continuing Fayetteville operations or at other company facilities.
February 3, 2009