Gildan Consolidates Facilities in California and Massachusetts

Gildan consolidates locations in New England and California. 

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MONTREAL-Alstyle Apparel closes its distribution center in Anaheim, California, according to a recent report by California Apparel News. The company recently filed notices with the state’s Employment Development Department announcing the closure and layoff of 81 employees.

Gildan, who acquired Alstyle in 2016, reports that the closure is part of the company’s efforts to consolidate its warehouse space. The company is consolidating the 200,000-square-foot location with a larger space in California that also ships American Apparel products.

“The employees at the Anaheim facility were provided notice of the upcoming shuttering quite some time ago and were offered retention bonuses as well as severance packages,” Garry Bell, vice president of corporate marketing and communication at Gildan Activewear, tells Apparel News. The company offered relocation incentives for employees interested in moving to the new facility as well.

Elsewhere, Gildan also announced plans to close a former Comfort Colors dyeing facility in New England. The Winston-Salem Journal reports that the company is shuttering its New Bedford, Massachusetts facility and shifting production to its Central American hub. Despite the closing, Bell tells the newspaper the change does not affect other U.S.-based operations such as the company’s yarn-spinning plants in North Carolina. Gildan purchased the Vermont-based Comfort Colors in 2015. 

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