Hanesbrands Inc., Winston-Salem, N.C., has announced plans to shut down three sewing and
assembly facilities in Itabo, Dominican Republic, and consolidate those operations into
state-of-the-art, lower-cost fabric production facilities it has built in the Central
America/Dominican Republic region. Production at the three plants will cease by September,
resulting in the loss of approximately 1,400 jobs.
“We are fully engaged in our global supply chain strategy of doing business around the world in
lower-cost countries,” said Gerald Evans, executive vice president and chief global supply chain
officer. “We continually review how to remain most competitive in every country and region around
the world in which we operate, particularly as we begin to add operations in Asia to balance our
supply chain in the Western Hemisphere. A key opportunity for us is to operate fewer facilities
that are larger in order to most effectively utilize our assets.”
The company also operates six additional sewing and intimate apparel assembly facilities, as
well as the new Dos Rios textile manufacturing plant, in the Dominican Republic.
May 8, 2007