Warnaco facing potential closure

DUNCANSVILLE – The Warnaco distribution facility soon might be closing its doors.

Unconfirmed reports indicate the PVH Corp. of New York, which completed the acquisition of The Warnaco Group Inc. in February, might close the local facility.

Blair County Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Joe Hurd said he has heard through what he called a “legitimate source” that PVH is planning a three-phase shutdown of the facility, which would be completed sometime in 2014.

Warnaco, which employed 260 in 2011, according to ABCD Corp., has been a chamber member since 1934.

Altoona-Blair County Development Corp. President and CEO Marty Marasco said he has not heard anything official from the company.

“There are a lot of rumors flying around; I would like to hear something from the company. We sent them a request for information but have never received any correspondence from them. They have made no effort to communicate with the community to tell us what is happening, and that is unfair,” Marasco said. “I have no way to know if the rumors are true, false or indifferent. Apparently some of the employees have heard from someone, but I don’t know from whom they have been informed.”

“It is always a great concern when a business with a long, steady history within our community and an excellent reputation as an employer would consider leaving,” Hurd said. “We have been made aware through some contacts that Warnaco has indicated an interest in moving its operations elsewhere.”

An employee who answered the telephone at the facility referred all calls to Dana Perlman, PVH treasurer and senior vice president of business development and investor relations.

Perlman did not respond to either voicemail or email messages.

PVH Corp., one of the world’s largest apparel companies, owns and markets the iconic Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger brands worldwide. It is the world’s largest shirt and neckwear company, according to its website.

Mirror Staff Writer Walt Frank is at 946-7467.