Under the agreement, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) said, Hanesbrands has put $7 million into the pension plan in September and will make an additional $6.8 million payment by September 15, 2010, in addition to any other plan contributions.
The PBGC said the Hanesbrands Inc. Pension Plan covers more than 30,000 employees at the Winston-Salem company, which retains full control over the plan.
“The nation’s workers and retirees have
worked hard to earn the benefits they were promised, and
we will use all the statutory tools at our disposal to
protect those retirement benefits,” said PBGC Acting
Director Vince Snowbarger. “We will continue to
monitor corporate activities that may weaken pension plan
funding and negotiate appropriate protections. We applaud
Hanesbrands for its cooperation in working with us to
create a solution that is in the best interests of the
The agreement stems from the February. 8, 2009, closure of the company’s Eden Textiles facility in Eden, North Carolina, which affected 290 of the active participants in the National Textiles LLC Pension Plan. The National Textiles plan has since been merged into the Hanesbrands plan.
The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) requires the PBGC to seek additional protection when more than 20% of a company’s employees covered by a pension plan lose their jobs due to a cessation of operations at a facility.
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