Arthur C Wiener, chairman & CEO of Galey & Lord Inc (NYSE: GNL) announced today that the company had signed a contract to form a 50/50 joint venture with Grupo Dioral in Mexico (a corporation owned by the Helfon family) for the production of denim fabric. The new company, Swift Denim-Hidalgo, will purchase the manufacturing facilities of Grupo Textil Hidalgo.

Plans are to quickly increase the capacity of the two year old manufacturing facility to approximately 20 million yards annually. "We are very excited about the joint venture," said John Heldrich, president of Swift Denim. "Our partnership" in a fully operational facility that is modern and "state of the art" gives us instant entry into Mexican denim manufacturing. The facility is fully operational thereby avoiding the normal 1-2 year start up period. We are fortunate to be joining with Grupo Dioral and look forward to a long-term relationship with our new partners."

This further positions Swift Denim as the premiere global resource serving the Americas with manufacturing facilities in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The company also has manufacturing facilities in Tunisia serving Europe, as well as the Philippines serving the Far East.

The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is scheduled to be completed around Mid-July.

Galey & Lord is a leading global manufacturer of textiles for sportswear, including cotton casuals, denim and corduroy, as well as a major international manufacturer of workwear fabrics. In order to offer sportswear customers a complete package of fabrics and garments from one source, the company provides garment manufacturing from its owned and operated garment facilities. The company also is a manufacturer of dyed and printed fabrics for use in home fashions.

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