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Gildan Adding Jobs as Demand Surges for its Fashion-Based Product Line

An existing manufacturer in Columbus, Georgia is adding about 80 jobs in the coming months in response to increased demand for fashion products that use its specialty yarns. Gildan Yarns will be hiring production, maintenance, and supervisory staff for its plant. Gildan Activewear, the Montreal, Canada-based company quietly purchased Swift Spinning Mills last July.

The acquisition of Swift Spinning will help meet Gildan's long-term continued yarn capacity growth needs specifically related to strategic specialty ring-spun yarns. Their two facilities are conveniently located in close proximity to our other five yarn-spinning plants located in the United States."

Swift Spinning, which dates to 1906, had about 300 employees when it sold all of its private stock to an Employee Stock Ownership Plan in 2013. Its operations in the past have included the Corporate Ridge location and a plant 3313 4th Ave., near downtown Columbus.

"The textile industry is making a strong return in the form of manufacturing high tech, and specialty yarns and fabrics," Pat Wilson, Georgia economic development commissioner, said in a statement. "This announcement gives a nod to our infrastructure, workforce and other business assets that make Georgia competitive. I am glad to see Gildan take advantage of these assets and grow in Columbus."

Gildan Yarns President Chuck Ward said the company has pumped more than $400 million into its seven yarn-spinning plants in the region, with more than 1,400 people on its payroll. He said that shows the "confidence" the manufacturer has in the communities in which it operates facilities.

The yarn made inside the plants such as those in Columbus go into final products that include activewear, innerwear, hosiery and socks. The company said the additional production will be for goods sold in its "fashion basics" business segment in North America.

Overall, Gildan has about 50,000 employees globally. Its own brands include Gildan, American Apparel, Comfort Colors, Gildan Hamme, Gold Toe, Anvil, Alstyle, Secret, Silks, Kushyfoot, Secret Silky, Therapy Plus, Peds and MediPeds. It also has a sock licensing agreement with Under Armour.

Columbus Ledger-Enquirer





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