WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) -- Apparel and underwear maker Hanesbrands Inc. said some of its contractors suffered damage in the Haitian earthquake.
Tuesday's magnitude-7 quake has possibly killed thousands of people, but no estimate is currently available. Survivors are struggling to find the necessary food, water and medical supplies as countries around the world pledge aid.
Hanesbrands said, late Wednesday, three of the four sewing operations it contracts with in Haiti that make its men's casualwear and underwear T-shirts were affected by the earthquake. Two of the contractors reported little to no damage, with the other reporting some structural damage. The contractors must also deal with damage to roads, bridges and power systems, at least on a temporary basis.
The one contractor that did not suffer damage, located near the Dominican Republic border, will use Dominican Republic ports to transport its goods.
Hanesbrands plans to increase production at its plants and contractors in the Dominican Republic, Central America and Asia to minimize the disruption and prevent a material impact.
Hanesbrands said that it plans to assist with relief efforts and has committed to donating $25,000 to CARE's Haiti Emergency Response Fund.
The company, whose brands include Champion, Bali, Playtex and its namesake, said it is currently trying to figure out how it can get supplies and other aid to Haiti. It also plans to contribute to international aid agencies.