Champion brand parent Hanesbrands, Inc. plans to permanently lay off another 159 workers in April when it repurposes one of its distribution centers in Winston-Salem, NC, according to a WARN notice with the state of North Carolina on February 5, with an effective date of April 5, 2024.

The company said that terminating operations at its Annapolis Distribution Center will improve efficiencies and reduce costs, according to a statement released by the company.

“Hanesbrands Inc. is committed to assisting our associates to the greatest extent possible to their next employment opportunity,” the company wrote in its WARN notice statement. “To that end, our Human Resources team will provide a full range of comprehensive outplacement support activities to our affected employees who are not able to secure alternative employment at another HBI location.”

The letter also states Hanebrands will use state resources such as the Commerce Departments’ Rapid Response Team, the local NC Workforce Development and the NCWorks Training Center to help affected employees.

“Unfortunately, this will impact our associates, who we thank for their dedication to HanesBrands,” the company said in the statement.

All affected employees have reportedly been notified.

The distribution center reportedly first opened in 1996, closed in 2010, and was reopened in 2011. Hanesbrands employs about 1,100 workers in Forsyth County and 2,500 in North Carolina, according to the company.

The company reportedly eliminated at least 250 U.S. corporate jobs in August 2023, sending the work to international operations.

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