Hanesbrands to shut down Forsyth County plant; 240 workers affected

Posted October 27, 2009

— Hanesbrands said Tuesday it plans to shut down its sheer-hosiery operations at the company’s Weeks plant in Winston-Salem by the end of 2010.

The closure will affect 240 employees at the plant at 401 W. Hanes Mill Road. Officials said those employees will receive severance benefits and career transition assistance. They can also apply for jobs at the company's other manufacturing and distribution operations in the Winston-Salem area.

Distribution operations at the Weeks facility will be relocated to the company’s existing Almondridge Road distribution center in Rural Hall. The approximately 80 distribution employees at Weeks will be reassigned to work at that center.

Company officials cited a trend of customers purchasing fewer sheer-hosiery products in the past decade.

“We regret the economic need to stop sheer hosiery manufacturing at the Weeks plant and the expected loss of jobs next year,” said Bruce Duncan, Hanesbrands vice president of knit-to-shape manufacturing. “As a result of lower consumer demand, our sheer hosiery production volume has dropped to a point that it is no longer feasible to run the plant. This is unfortunate because we have a great work force at the plant, which has been a high quality operation for 50 years.”

Last year, the company’s sheer hosiery segment sales fell 14 percent, and they declined another 18 percent through the first half of 2009.

The end of sheer-hosiery operations will not affect the company's research, product development and other work at the facility, officials said. Those approximately 200 employees will remain at the Weeks plant. The employee store will also remain open.

The company will sell the 850,000 square-foot facility when sheer-hosiery production ends and lease back space for the remaining corporate functions.

The Winston-Salem based firm (NYSE: HBI) previously closed facilities in Gastonia, Forest City, Rockingham and Eden.


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  • NCAries Oct 28, 2009

    Not to worry though...Bev just came back from her trip to China and Japan...the jobs must surely be coming soon.

  • jrfergerson Oct 28, 2009

    I have seen so many young ladies these days go to job interviews and have come to the conclusion that young girls today have no idea what business attire means. They have downgraded themselves so much that they don't even own a suit,heals,hose,and purse. so sad for our upcoming generation.

  • huladick Oct 27, 2009

    I guess I'll just have to add Haynes and Dell to my personal boycott list.

  • Da Toy Maker Oct 27, 2009

    God bless those who are loosing their jobs especially with the holidays coming. It could not have come at a worst time.

  • whatelseisnew Oct 27, 2009

    Okay ladies it is time to put the hose back on; rush out and buy up all the hanes hose you can find. Save a job.

  • ncsu2000 Oct 27, 2009

    DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT I used to work for Hanes up until July and they never said they were closing the weeks plant. I worked in the R&D Center which is in the same building. However, some days they were completely shut down so it was only a matter of time that this was going to happen. One thing the article didn't note is that there were a lot of temporary workers for the plant who also will be out of jobs, I don't think those people were included in the numbers quoted.

  • affirmativediversity Oct 27, 2009

    "We are no longer in the industral age. Study cause we are in the information/digital age now in this country." per Ordinary Citizen


    Try wearing or eating your "information/digital age"!!!!!!!!!!!

  • djofraleigh Oct 27, 2009

    another company Sally Rae'd...Hanes paid well...

  • affirmativediversity Oct 27, 2009

    The following is cut directly from DEMOCRAT Rep Larry Kissell's (8th District) website. This is one of his MANY EARMARKS...he's very proud of them!!!

    "$3.5 million
    Through the Department of Commerce International Trade Administration Account. Textile Clothing Technology Corporation is a not-for-profit corporation engaged in research and development to enhance competitive advantage of the sewn product, and hosiery industry sector, with support from more than two hundred companies, and affiliations with similar organizations."

    Gosh THANKS Rep Kissell for sending our jobs somewhere else...with our own money no less!!!!!

  • NCPACKER Oct 27, 2009

    Winston Salem is being hit extremely hard recently with closings. First dell with 900 and now this with 200+