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Hanesbrand work headed here
Local plant will gain from closings in Pa.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
By AMANDA BUCK - Bulletin Staff Writer
Hanesbrands Inc., which has a distribution operation in Henry County, announced this week that it will close two facilities in Pennsylvania and move some of the work done there to the Henry County facility.
The company's Virginia Service Center, which is located at the Patriot Centre industrial park, will be one of two facilities to receive work now done in two distribution centers in Tamaqua, Pa., according to a news release from the company. The other facility slated to receive work is in Rural Hall, N.C.
Although the Henry County and Rural Hall facilities will receive the thermals and underwear distribution from Tamaqua, there are no plans to expand either center or add any jobs, the release said.
According to the release, the Pennsylvania closures, which will mean a loss of 155 jobs, "are part of the company's strategy to improve competitiveness by operating fewer and larger distribution centers that are strategically located to support the company's product flow from its global supply chain, including increasing production in Asia."�
The centers are set to be closed in the first quarter of 2009.
When the Pennsylvania work is moved to Rural Hall, part of the Rural Hall center's operations will be moved to a new, 1.3-million-square-foot distribution center in Perris, Calif., the release said. That center is scheduled to open by the end of the year.
Calls to the company for further details were not returned Wednesday.
However, Spencer Johnson, director of research with the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corp., said his figures show that as of about a year ago, Hanesbrands had 348 employees at the Patriot Centre and at a warehouse on Joseph Martin Highway in Rich Acres.