Fruit of the Loom to expand Berkeley County distribution center

Staff Report
Published July 3, 2014

Fruit of the Loom plans to expand its Berkeley County distribution center, adding 402,000 square feet and 49 new jobs by 2016, the S.C. Commerce Department said in a news release.

The expansion in Summerville more than doubles the center’s current 350,000 square feet. The state agency said the space will provide support for the company’s growing e-commerce and intimate apparel business.

Fruit of the Loom, which is owned by Berkshire Hathaway Inc., expects to break ground in September 2014 and open the expansion by August 2015 at 1116 Business Park Road in Summerville, the company said.

“We could not be more excited to announce the expansion of our Summerville distribution center,” Fruit of the Loom President and CEO Rick Medlin said in a statement. “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.”

Berkeley County Supervisor Dan Davis said he appreciated bringing new business into the region, but that he appreciated growth of an existing industry more.

“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,” Davis said in a statement. “We are delighted to have Fruit of The Loom continue to grow in our county and region.”

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