Montreal-based branded basic apparel maker Gildan Activewear Inc. will soon begin construction on its new yarn-spinning plant in Mocksville, N.C., investing $30 million more in the project than was originally announced in late 2013 (See “Gildan To Expand U.S. Manufacturing,” TextileWorld.com, November/December 2013).
Gildan now expects to invest a total of $142 million in its Mocksville site. It has purchased 113 to 114 acres of land and will increase the size of the plant from 650,000 square feet (ft2) to 700,000 ft2. The company also will purchase additional new spinning equipment for the plant. It expects to break ground on the project in the next few weeks. Once fully operational, the plant is expected to employ approximately 290 workers.
Other U.S. expansion plans announced previously by Gildan are unaffected by the expanded plans for the Mocksville site. The company’s first yarn-spinning facility in Salisbury, N.C., began operations in February, and construction on the second Salisbury facility is underway. In addition, refurbishment and modernization of Gildan’s Clarkton, N.C., and Cedartown, Ga., plants will soon be completed.
May 27, 2014