Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Fruit of the Loom has announced plans to expand the company’s Berkeley County distribution center.
The addition will add 402,000 square feet to the current 350,000-square-foot building, more than doubling its size. The expansion is expected to create 49 new jobs by 2016 and will primarily help service Fruit of the Loom’s growing e-commerce and intimates businesses.
Fruit of the Loom, an independent, wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., currently is proceeding with the regulatory requirements necessary to move forward with the project. It expects to break ground on the expansion in September 2014 and be completed by August 2015. The building, located at 1116 Business Park Road in Summerville, will remain a landfill-free operation and is expected to be LEED certified.
Those interested in employment opportunities with the company may visit Fruit of the Loom’s careers site.
Rick Medlin is the CEO of Fruit of the Loom.
“We could not be more excited to announce the expansion of our Summerville distribution center,” he said. “As our e-commerce and intimates businesses continue to grow, we are committed to strategically developing state-of-the-art systems and facilities to better service our customers.
“The location of the current Summerville facility coupled with our dedicated workforce there make it the ideal place to grow.”
“We are thrilled Fruit of the Loom has chosen our state and their Palmetto Distribution Center for this project,” South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said. “Through this expansion, the company will more than double their current facility and hire 49 new employees – all great things for the hardworking people of Berkeley County.”
“South Carolina’s logistics capabilities and market reach make our state ideal for distribution,” Sec. of Commerce Bobby Hitt said. “It’s great to see a household brand name like Fruit of the Loom establish a presence and continue to expand here.”
Berkeley County Supervisor Dan Davis called the announcement welcome news.
“It’s always exciting to recruit new businesses to our community,” Davis said. “Even more rewarding is being able to see companies that have located in Berkeley County grow, prosper and expand after being an integral part of our pro-business environment.
“We are delighted to have Fruit of The Loom continue to grow in our county and region.”