Hanesbrands Inc, the underwear and casual apparel maker spun off from Sara Lee last September, is to close its Stratford Road textile manufacturing plant in Winston-Salem with the loss of 610 jobs.

The manufacturer, whose brands include Hanes, Champion, Playtex, Bali, Just My Size, barely there and Wonderbra, says it will move production to existing lower-cost plants in the Caribbean basin and Central America.

Production at the Stratford Road plant, which makes underwear and panty fabric, will end by 30 June, while the plant's print fabric operation is expected to cease production by the end of the year.

"Determining that we need to close our hometown Stratford Road textile manufacturing plant to remain competitive was a very difficult decision, although the closure is absolutely necessary," said Gerald Evans, Hanesbrands' executive vice president and chief global supply chain officer.

Moving the Stratford Road textile production to the company's existing manufacturing facilities in the lower-cost Caribbean basin and Central America regions is part of the company's continuing long-term global supply chain strategy.

"Over the past several years, we have developed our textile manufacturing capability in the Caribbean and Central America in order to improve the competitiveness, effectiveness and value of our supply chain operations," Evans said.

"We now have enough production capacity to absorb our Stratford Road production into these newer, lower-cost textile operations, which also helps us align the flow of textiles into our sewing network.

"This move is an economic necessity in today's competitive global market and gives us the opportunity to generate growth that allows our overall organization to thrive."

Hanesbrands expects to take gross restructuring and related charges of approximately $16m for the plant closure, including severance costs and accelerated depreciation of fixed assets.