Fruit of the Loom to move its textile operations from Kentucky towns over global competition

YarnsandFibers News Bureau 2014-04-07 17:30:00 – ASHLAND

Fruit of the Loom, an American company, a leader in the apparel manufacturing business since 1851, headquarters is in Bowling Green, Kentucky has decided to move its textile operations from a small Kentucky towns to the Central American country, Hondurus and has announced closing its last plant in Jamestown.

The move is to regularize its global supply chain to allow the company to leverage existing investments and meet customer requirements more timely and cost effectively. Its main business focus on branded products for consumers ranging from children to senior citizens.

According to Tony Pelaski, the company’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, the decision came in due to competitive global business environment and in no way a reflection on the ardor and efforts of the employees in their Jamestown facility.

It was once a booming garment industry that has included the Corbin Ltd. plant in the Paul Coffey Industrial Park in rural Boyd County along with smaller clothing manufacturers in Olive Hill, Louisa and other small towns. In the last three decades, they have seen the continual downfall.

Fruit of the Loom has planned to continue carry on with its corporate offices in Bowling Green, where it closed in factories years ago. As many of Fruit of the Loom’s products are sold in the U.S., it is wise for the company to keep its business headquartered in the U.S.

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