Gildan Activewear is a vertically-integrated marketer and manufacturer of quality branded basic apparel. The Company is the leading supplier of activewear for the screenprint market in the U.S. and Canada. It is also a leading supplier to this market in Europe, and is establishing a growing presence in Mexico and the Asia-Pacific region. Gildan shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange.
“Gildan Activewear began operations in Barbados in 1999 with less than 10 employees and currently employs over 130 persons in its Barbados office. This office’s primary role is to market and manage the worldwide sales of Gildan products including such activities as: Sales, Marketing, Customer Service, Forecasting, Inventory Control, Operations, Credit and Finance. The long-standing historical relationship that exists between Barbados and Canada has facilitated the company’s expansion in Barbados over the years.
As a global apparel manufacturing company, Gildan strives to operate in locations like Barbados that can provide the modern infrastructure and human resources that make it possible for us to achieve our organizational objectives. In Barbados we’ve found high quality, dedicated employees that enable us to successfully compete in over 40 countries around the world in the textile and apparel industries. As a result, Gildan is able to boast its #1 position globally in T-Shirts, Fleece and Sport Shirts.
Gildan owes much of this success to its Barbadian employees. Gildan Activewear SRL celebrated its 11th anniversary in Barbados in 2010, and we look for forward to continued growth globally, which will require continued expansion of our labour force in Barbados to support our long-term strategic objectives.”