American Apparel lays off workers, mulls some outsourcing: LA Times

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Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 2:22 AM

S. manufacturer, the LA Times reported on Tuesday."If we do determine to produce some pieces out-of-house, they'll still be American-made," Chief Executive Paula Schneider wrote in a letter obtained by the Times.

n">Teen apparel retailer American Apparel Llc is laying off hundreds of workers as it overhauls its production process, which could comprise outsourcing portion of its production to another U. S. manufacturer, the LA Times reported on Tuesday.

"If we do determine to produce some pieces out-of-house, they'll still be American-made," Chief Executive Paula Schneider wrote in a letter obtained by the Times. ()

Schneider said a mismatch between workers and manufacturing was an inefficiency that needed to be addressed as portion of the company'south turnaround efforts, the Times reported, adding the move came after "months of concerned and rigorous review."

The retailer will also slice down on the no of garments it makes throughout the year, to clear inventory.

As portion of the layoffs, which started latest week, about five hundred employees have lost their jobs, the newspaper said.

An American Apparel spokeswoman declined to comment.

The fashion chain, known for its "Made in the U. S. A." fashion, filed for bankruptcy in Oct following years of losses and expects to be profitable in two thousand-eighteenth.

(Reporting by Arunima Banerjee in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Cooney)

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