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Gildan creates new jobs in Columbus

COLUMBUS, Ga (WRBL) -  The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) announced Monday that Gildan Yarns production facility is coming to Columbus. 

According to the press release, the move will create around 80 jobs in the coming months. The positions will include supervisory, production and maintenance positions.

“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,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. 

Gildan's parent company, Gildan Activewear Inc., manufactures and markets activewear, innerwear, hosiery and socks across a growing portfolio of brands. The new facility will service growing sales within the fashion basics segment of the North American apparel business. 

“The textile industry is making a strong return in the form of manufacturing high tech, and specialty yarns and fabrics,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. 

Gildan operates large-scale manufacturing facilities covering the full spectrum of processes from yarns to finished garments, with 50,000 direct employees and a strong commitment to operating responsibly and sustainably. 

“We are pleased to announce this expanded capacity and the resulting incremental jobs. Since 2013,  we have invested more than USD $400M in seven yarn-spinning operations in the region and now employ in excess of 1400 people, a testimony to the confidence we have in these communities and the strength of the people who have joined our teams”, said Chuck Ward, President of Gildan Yarns, LLC. 

GDEcD Regional Project Manager Anna Hurt represented the Global Commerce division in partnership with the Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Columbus Development Authority, Georgia Department of Labor and Columbus Technical College.

Portfolio includes: 
  • Gildan is a leading manufacturer of everyday basic apparel which markets its products in North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America, under a diversified portfolio of Company-owned brands, including Gildan®, American Apparel®, Comfort Colors®, Gildan® Hammer™, Gold Toe®, Anvil®, Alstyle®, Secret®, Silks®, Kushyfoot®, Secret Silky®, Therapy Plus™, Peds® and MediPeds®, and under the Under Armour® brand through a sock licensing agreement providing exclusive distribution rights in the United States and Canada. 

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