Warnaco facility closed

DUNCANSVILLE – The Warnaco distribution facility is officially closed, but a skeleton crew remains on site, according to the state Department of Labor and Industry.

The department’s Rapid Response team last met with employees Feb. 6, and the plant closed except for the skeleton crew on Friday, said Lindsay Bracale, department spokeswoman.

However, Donald Ruggery Sr., CEO and president of Ruggieri Enterprises LLC, doing business as Spherion, a recruiting service and staffing service, which had been providing workers for Warnaco, said company officials had not notified him of the closing.

“They are closing. We know that. We just don’t know when. We still have a few people there,” Ruggery said.

Dana Perlman, treasurer and senior vice president of business development and investor relations for PVH Corp. of New York, which acquired the Warnaco Group Inc. in February 2013, did not respond to an email message seeking comment.

Rumors of the closing began circulating shortly after the acquisition.

Company officials did not respond to inquiries from Altoona-Blair County Development Corp. President and CEO Marty Marasco nor a letter from U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., urging the company to remain in Blair County.

However, PVH Corp. did notify DLI in accordance with the provisions of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act that it planned to permanently shut down its plants at 102 Warnaco Lane, Duncansville, and 10320 Fairgrounds Road, Huntingdon. The letter said the closing of those operations was expected to begin July 31 with approximately 422 employees affected. The layoff of 125 workers at the Huntingdon facility was completed Sept. 6, according to Amy Wise, executive director of Huntingdon County Business and Industry Inc.

It was not known how many employees remained at the Duncansville facility, which in 2011 employed 260, according to ABCD Corp.

Meanwhile, Jones Lang LaSalle Americas Inc. of Mechanicsburg has been marketing the Duncansville warehouse/distribution building on behalf of PVH Corp. as well as the Huntingdon facility, which is not owned by PVH Corp.

W. Jason Webb of Jones Lang LaSalle Americas said in an email that activity on both properties has been fairly strong with consistent inquiries from all types of users. “Nothing pressing at the moment, but we are optimistic.”

Mirror Staff Writer Walt Frank is at 946-7467.