Apparel manufacturer Fruit of the Loom is to lay off more than 600 workers with the closure of its facility in Jamestown, Kentucky.

The move, which will affect 601 employees, is part of the company's "ongoing efforts to align its global supply chain" to enable it to "leverage existing investments and meet customer requirements more timely and cost effectively".

The owner of the BVD, Russell AthleticVanity Fair and Spalding brands said the Jamestown capacity will transition to its existing textile facilities in Honduras.

"This decision is in no way a reflection on the dedication and efforts of the employees in our Jamestown facility, but is a result of a competitive global business environment," said Fruit of the Loom COO and executive vice president, Tony Pelaski.

The phase-down is due to start on or around 8 June and will be completed by 31 December, the company added. 

Affected employees will be given a 60-day notice in accordance with the Workers Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN).