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1 Fruit of the Loom Dr., Jamestown, KY 42629
  • It was so crowded in this little town that they had to change employee’s hours to avoid school traffic


    • by puddytat101
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      As a textile industry feeling the effects from the recession, Fruit of the Loom manages to hang in there gracefully. Why? They are struck on quality, that‘s why. The Fruit of the Loom products you buy today are superior when compared to the products they made years ago. Not only is the company making better quality products, but they are doing so with less people and more efficient equipment.

      Within the last five years, Fruit of the Loom has made some major advancements like any great company should. Better equipment means greater efficiency and greater reliability. Chances are that not just anybody will enjoy the chance of actually seeing these technological advances in action, much less operate them! As you well know,


      computers are subtracting physical labor, and creating opportunities for efficient labor.

      In other words, why pay a person to lift things all day long when a machine can do it? How about paying that same person to make sure the machine is operating efficiently? If you don’t see the benefit of this concept any time soon, think about 15-20 years from now when that same operator has done the work of a machine for so long that half his retirement is spent on medical requirements. The same machine can be replaced, but we can not replace the same operator. It’s really not worth losing your fingers or breaking your back. The key here is machine design and equipment reliability. All things ...


      • lead to better total quality.

        For instance, if you once operated one machine and now you operate two machines, are you working harder? Of course, not. That is bad machine design! If you can produce twice as many products, and no longer have to break your back to get even half that, then you have successfully managed to get as much as you can out of both the operator and the machines.

        But, wait…this was all done BEFORE the recession. What’s that you say? Incredibly, Fruit of the Loom has avoided a major layoff so far this year. How can that be? Just a few years ago this company employed over 3500 people. It was so crowded in this little town that they

        had to change employee’s hours to avoid school traffic. I remember one time it took me nearly 45 minutes to make the journey from Jamestown to Russell Springs, which is less than ten miles away! Something had to CHANGE way before the recession.

        Currently, there are probably less than a thousand people working at the Jamestown FOL. They are all good people, even the notorious members of management. (smile) Overall, everyone that works there now is there to do there job and to do it with pride. Nobody likes a bad name right? So, we all just look out for one another like a big family. Of course, there’s always a few bad seedlings and they serve their purpose as well.




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