Hanesbrands Vietnam, a division of Hanesbrands, opened its third factory located in the northern province of Hung Yen last week. The Vietnam Investment Review reported that the expansion is partially motivated by the benefits the company will receive once Vietnam joins the Trans-Pacific Partnership in 2015.
The new $15 million facility, located in the Kim Dong district just 10 kilometers from its Khoai Chau factory that specializes in bras and woven boxers, covers almost 914,932 square feet. The company has already recruited 2,000 workers to operate the plant and the workforce is expected to balloon to 5,500 to 6,000 employees when the plant becomes fully functional.
Hanesbrands senior vice president of global operations Javier Chacon said, “Vietnam is a major part of the group’s supply chain in Asia. The establishment of our third factory in Vietnam manifests our long-term commitment here, and we hope that this Kim Dong plant will further strengthen our presence and help us continue to grow in Vietnam.”
Since establishing itself in the country in 2007, Hanesbrands Vietnam has increased its production by opening two production centers in Hung Yen and Phu Bai located in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue. The total investment capital of its Vietnam operations is $45 million. It has a total capacity of 400 million units per year.
The new Kim Dong plant was created as a result of Hanesbrands’ optimistic outlook on its Vietnam business and will also allow the company to more easily meet the increasing demand of developed markets in the U.S., Japan, Canada and China. By the end of 2014, the company expects to employ close to 10,000 workers in Vietnam, which will account for roughly 20 percent of Hanesbrands’ total workforce around the globe.
Tuan Phan, Hanesbrands’ manager at the Hung Yen plant, said, “More than 90 percent of apparel units sold worldwide and in the U.S. are manufactured in our own plants, or those of dedicated contractors. We are happy to operate three production hubs in Vietnam which will be critical links in our supply chain in Asia.”