In its annual report, Berkshire Hathaway Inc. said its Fruit of the Loom Inc. subsidiary saw operating earnings improve “significantly” in 2010 due to improved manufacturing efficiencies and cost management efforts.


Besides FTL, the segment includes the Russell athletic apparel and sporting goods business and the Vanity Fair Brands women's intimate lines.

Other than Russell Athletic and Russell Outdoor, brands under the Russell umbrella include Brooks, JERZEES, Spalding, Bike Athletic, Dudley Sports and AAI (American Athletic, Inc. Vanity Fair's brands also include, Lily of France, Vassarette, and Bestform.

Overall revenues in Berkshire's Other Manufacturing segment, which includes Fruit of the Loom Inc., rose 11.0% to $17.7 billion.
The revenue gains were largely led by other non-apparel businesses in the segment, the report said. Pre-tax earnings of its Other Manufacturing businesses in 2010 vaulted 99% to $953 million due to “significant earnings increases at almost all of our manufacturing businesses, including our apparel and building products businesses,” according to the 10K.

Other businesses in the segment include: Acme Building Brands, Benjamin Moore, Forest River, CTB International, H.H. Brown Shoe Group, Fechheimer Brothers, Garan, ISCAR Metalworking Companies, Johns Manville, Justin Brands, Larson-Juhl, MiTek, Richline, Scott Fetzer and Shaw Industries.