A plant partly owned by Roots Canada that supplied apparel to that company has closed at a cost of about 200 jobs, a company spokeswoman confirmed. The plant, which made uniforms for the Canadian Olympic team, was no longer cost effective, Roots co-founder Michael Budman told the Toronto Star. He was unavailable for comment on Wednesday.
Budman told the Star that the work would be subcontracted to other “high-quality” manufacturers in Toronto, although some of it might be made abroad. The 31-year-old, privately held company has annual sales of about $300 million and now makes most of its products outside Canada. Roots was the official outfitter of the U.S. Olympic team in 2002 in Salt Lake City, and last year, it extended its agreement through 2008.