By  on August 24, 2006

Jones Apparel Group, which has already shuttered its distribution center at its Bristol, Pa., headquarters, is in the process of shutting its preproduction operations.

The operations include the departments that focus on pattern making and sample production.

According to the company's chief financial officer, Thimio Sotos, the women's apparel giant has four sites within the Bristol complex, an industrial park that is also home to several other companies not connected to Jones.

The distribution center which was closed in December still houses some office workers, which the company is trying to relocate within its other Bristol offices. It is in the process of trying to sublease the space at the former distribution center.

While Jones does have executive offices in Manhattan, its plan is to keep Bristol as the company's financial and administrative hub, Sotos said. According to the company's annual report, or Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission earlier this year, Jones also has other administrative office facilities at Bristol, aside from the former distribution center. The company has two 15-year net leases that run through March and October 2013, the filing said.

Meanwhile, the company has been and will continue to shed jobs connected with its preproduction operations. The company has already notified affected employees, and will provide severance benefits in accordance with the company's existing policy.

Following completion of the restructuring, Jones will still house at least 500 employees at Bristol. Key corporate, financial and administrative departments — such as accounting, tax, human resources, customer service, management and information systems and logistics — will remain at the Bristol facility.

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