The Gildan Story

Born in Canada. Raised in the U.S.
Now one of the world's leading manufacturers of apparel, socks and legwear.

"Over the last thirty years we have collectively built a Company we can all be proud of, known as much for the quality of our products as how they are made."
- Glenn J.Chamandy, President and CEO

Harley Inc. is founded by Joseph Chamandy, as a cut and sew manufacturer of basic children’s apparel in Montreal, Canada.
Product collections included activewear, children's apparel and sleepwear. 


Current President, Glenn J. Chamandy, and his brother take the helm of the company. Movement towards vertical integration begins with acquisition of Montreal-based textile manufacturer.
Gildan Textiles is launched with investments in new manufacturing equipment to increase capacity, efficiency and quality.


Recognizing opportunity within the growing printwear industry in Canada and U.S., the company changes its name to Gildan Activewear and alters course to focus on manufacturing basic blank apparel.


The Company initiates first public offering of stock on the American Stock exchange and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSE), followed in 1999 with listing on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) raising total of $85M CDN


To service growing demand from its U.S.printwear business the Company opens its first large distribution center in Eden, NC.
Sales reach CA $505M as Gildan becomes the # 1 brand in 100% cotton t-shirts in U.S. printwear industry


First fully integrated textile facility opens in Honduras with state-of-the-art knitting, dyeing and cutting operations under one roof.
Shortly thereafter the Company launches innovative BioTop biorganic wastewater treatment system wherein bacteria, sunlight and gravity virtually eliminate all dyes and chemicals from effluent.


To meet growing demand, with sales now in excess of $650M USD, a new fully integrated textile facility in the Dominican Republic begins operations with knitting, dyeing and cutting along with the BioTop wastewater treatment system . 
In 2008 this facility piloted a BioMass steam generation system for renewable energy, now fully deployed in this facility and in Honduras.


Subsequent to two acquisitions of sock manufacturers and the construction of a sock manufacturing facility in Honduras, the Company acquires a distribution center in Charleston , S.C. to support projected sales growth to North American retailers.
Total sales eclipse U.S. $1B  for first time fueled by growing printwear sales in the U.S. and internationally.
Company's labor compliance program is accredited by the Fair Labor Association and GIL. is added to the S&P/TSX 60 Composite Index for first time.


Gildan purchases a manufacturing facility in Bangladesh to service growing international sales, investing initially in structural engineering, fire safety initiatives and implementation of the Company's Genuine Responsibility program.
Total sales reach U.S. $1.3B and Company acquires iconic Gold Toe® brand, a leading brand of dress, casual and athletic socks 


Company completes acquisition of Anvil Knitwear in 2012 and begins managing and reporting its business as two operating segments, Printwear and Branded Apparel.
The Company announces U.S. $200M investments in U.S.based yarn-spinning operations in 2013 as sales reach U.S. $2.2B and the Company launches a major consumer marketing initiative with a Super Bowl advertisement and ongoing sponsorship of Gildan New Mexico College Football bowl game.


Gildan acquires Doris Hosiery, a leading supplier of sheer hosiery and legwear, owner of Secret®, Silks®, Therapy Plus® and Kushyfoot® brands to further enhance Branded Apparel's product offering.
Comfort Colors® is also acquired, adding a vintage garment dye collection to the Printwear business.
Sales reach U.S. $2.5B and Gildan is included for 3rd consecutive year to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index.


In 2016, Gildan completes acquisition of Alstyle®, a manufacturer and supplier to large decorators and Peds®, a leading womens sock and legwear solutions supplier to North American retailers.
Total sales reach approximately $2.6B USD as company completes acquisition of the American Apparel® brand and certain assets in early 2017, acquiring the premium fashion brand in the fashion basics market.