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Cone Cuts Capacity at Denim Plant

The Cone Denim division of International Textile Group Inc. is reducing the capacity at its White Oak plant in Greensboro, N.C.

ATLANTA—The Cone Denim division of International Textile Group Inc. is reducing the capacity at its White Oak plant in Greensboro, N.C., which is expected to result in a layoff of approximately 150 employees there. Cone Denim said the layoffs will take place by the first week in December, leaving the 102-year-old facility with a workforce of approximately 550 people.

Delores Sides, director of corporate communications and human resources, said the reduction in volume is a direct result of increasing trends for U.S. retailers to seek imported denim fabrics and garments.

“The plant’s focus has been and will continue to be on product development and higher-end premium denim fabrics,” she said. “Going forward, White Oak will increasingly focus on these higher-end styles where we can be competitive and transition away from commodity styles. From a product  development, quality and efficiency standpoint, the White Oak plant is positioned to be competitive.”