Saturday, May 23, 2009

American socks

Lately bags o' socks at outrageous prices are to be found in various retail outlets. I've noticed that the socks seem to come from China. I'm just now finishing the last socks from an assortment bought a long time ago somewhere in Austin. The label bears the cotton emblem and also a badge that says that the socks were made in the USA ("It matters!"). The socks were made in Alabama by Prewett Sock Mills ("Quality Since 1953"). On another part of the carboard insert, this is to be found: "An individual's pride is reflected in the products they produce. For over forty years our people's pride has resulted in uninterrupted sales increases. This produce is unconditionally guaranteed. If, for any reason, you are not completely satisfied with your Prewett socks we will replace them absolutely free. V. I. Prewett, Jr., Chairman Prewett Mills, Inc. For replacement, send laundered socks and original package to [the company]." These must have been good sucks, because there are still new socks in the package waiting to come into use, the ones already removed still being worn. The history of the company reports that, in October 2007, the founders having died, the company was acquired by an outfit called Gildan Activewear, Inc. I like the useful size chart that relates shoe size to sock size for men, women, and children. I haven't yet learned where Gildan manufactures socks, if it does. Gildan has its corporate headquarters in Montreal.


At 10:07 AM, September 02, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just wanted to tell you that the Prewett Mills in Fort Payne, Alabama, are no more. Gildan bought the company and all it's sister companies and is in the process of moving all production to Honduras. Hundreds of people in Fort Payne have lost their jobs, and other non-Prewett mills have closed because of Gildan. Fort Payne will die a slow death. Gildan is a company without a conscience and are most certainly not Made in the U.S.A. friendly. They did the same thing to a company called Kentucky Derby in NC. Enjoy your socks, but know the next batch will be poor quality made in a Honduras sweat mill. Gildan is so predatory and evil that I dare not even give my name.

At 10:10 AM, September 02, 2009, Blogger Rantor said...

I'm so very sorry. We'll soon be a nation that makes nothing at all, at this rate. We already have too many disposable products and too many people treated the same way.


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