Textile group Galey & Lord Inc is to reinstate previously axed workers in Columbus, Georgia, following the shutdown of its denim making unit in Quebec, Canada.

The North Carolina-based company, which laid off about 300 of its Swift Denim employees in the region last summer, plans to move some of the Canadian site's equipment and up to 300 jobs to its two factories in Columbus.

"Over the next four months, we'll be winding down fabric production," senior vice-president of manufacturing Tim Driver said of the Quebec operation, which employed about 585 people.

"At the same time, we'll be expanding the Columbus capability back to its maximum capability, essentially recalling the folks that we laid off back during the summer."