Nearly 280 Fruit of the Loom apparel workers in Alabama are to lose their jobs after the company decided to relocate to its corporate headquarters in Bowling Green Kentucky.

The move involves 58 Russell Corp employees in Monroeville and 218 Vanity Fair Brands workers in Alexander City.

According to local media reports, the company, a unit of investor Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc, says the relocation is an attempt to "streamline processes and control costs."

The jobs under threat include business planning, purchasing, customer service, finance, and telemarketing roles.