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Gildan closing Fort Payne distribution center

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FORT PAYNE, Ala. (AP) - Gildan Activewear is closing its distribution center in Alabama, cutting 120 jobs in Fort Payne.

Gildan spokeswoman Genevieve Gosselin said the company is consolidating its operations at a new facility it recently purchased in Charleston, S.C.

The move is expected to be completed in May.

Gildan's knitting and administrative operations in Fort Payne - which employ about 430 people - will continue.

Gosselin said the company is asking employees affected by the closure to continue relocating to South Carolina.

Gildan's retail distribution center includes hosiery and sales operations.

The Canadian T-shirt and clothing maker said in August that its profit fell in the third-quarter on weaker sales of high-margin items and a stronger dollar.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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