NEW YORK — Jones Apparel Group Inc. has cut 129 jobs from its Bristol, Pa., distribution facility.

The company plans to shut the plant on Dec. 28; it announced the closing with its second-quarter earnings on July 28.

“We believe that operational execution will increasingly be a key element in driving future success. As a result, we are in the initial stages of a strategic review of our operating infrastructure to improve profitability and to ensure we are properly positioned for the long-term benefit of our shareholders,” said Peter Boneparth, president and chief executive officer on July 28.

“By proactively reviewing our infrastructure, systems and operating processes at a time when the industry is undergoing consolidation and change, we plan to eliminate redundancies and improve our overall cost structure and margin performance.”

The closing of the Bristol facility is part of the company’s overall plan to better its supply-chain management. Earlier this year, Jones announced the consolidation of its operations in Mexico to improve capacity utilization rates while increasing its denim sourcing available from alternative sources.

This story first appeared in the October 21, 2005 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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