Underwear and hosiery maker Hanesbrands Inc has bought a textile manufacturer in El Salvador for an undisclosed sum as part of plans to create a balanced supply chain in Central America.

Industrias Duraflex SA de CV, located in San Juan Opico some 20 miles west of San Salvador, employs 1,300 people and will be renamed Hanesbrands El Salvador Textiles.

The 350,000-square-foot plant already makes fleece, T-shirt and underwear fabric for Hanesbrands and will become the Winston-Salem, North Carolina based company's second self-owned offshore textile fabric manufacturing facility.

"The addition of fabric production capacity in El Salvador is another significant milestone in our efforts to create a lower-cost supply chain operating fewer, larger plants that are more effectively aligned with our production flow," said Hanesbrands chief executive officer Richard A Noll.

"We already own sewing plants in El Salvador and elsewhere in Central America. We now have a textile and sewing base in Central America that gives us flexibility to expand and leverage our large scale of production."

The company said expects to make additional investment for growth at the new plant.

"This is an extremely strong operation with an outstanding management team and workforce who are already very familiar with our products and way of doing business," said Gerald Evans, Hanesbrands executive vice president and chief global supply chain officer.

"We are expanding in El Salvador as we create a balanced global supply chain and move production to lower-cost countries to remain competitive."

The acquisition marks the end of the first year since Hanesbrands - which makes innerwear, outerwear and hosiery under brands such as Hanes, Champion, Playtex and Bali - was spun off as an independent company by consumer goods giant Sara Lee for $2.4bn.

Since then, the company, which operates 27 sewing and cutting plants offshore, has been focusing its global supply chain strategy on moving production and operations to lower-cost countries, operating fewer and bigger facilities and aligning production flow for maximum flexibility.

As part of its plan, more than 20 manufacturing facilities have been shuttered with the loss of nearly 10,000 jobs.

The company has also been on the acquisition trail, buying its first Asian sewing plant near Bangkok in Thailand which is seen an important building block for Hanesbrands' Asian supply chain.

Restructuring charges linked to these moves have eaten into profit, with second quarter net falling by 57.1% to US$25.4m. Net sales during the period were up by $2m on last year to $1.12bn.

However, Noll believes "Hanesbrands has had a tremendously successful first year. "We have managed much change, while investing in our brands, reducing costs and generating cash," he said.

"Hanesbrands is a much stronger organisation today than a year ago. I am very proud of our organisation's ability to execute over the past 12 months and establish a strong foundation for continued success."