ATLANTA (AP) — A clothing manufacturer plans to consolidate its operations in a move that's expected to bring about 200 jobs to Georgia, Gov. Nathan Deal said.
Carter's Inc. on Thursday announced the plans, which involve merging work now done in Connecticut with the company's Atlanta headquarters operation.
"Carter's is well-acquainted with the competitive benefits our business climate can provide for headquarters operations, and we look forward to helping the company continue to thrive here," Deal said in a statement Thursday.
The children's clothing retailer said it expects to complete the move by the end of 2013.
"We have a long and successful history of doing business in Georgia," said Michael Casey, chairman and chief executive officer of Carter's.
"Atlanta is a very compelling place to live and work," Casey said. "We look forward to bringing our Connecticut-based operations to Atlanta, which will strengthen our collaboration and ability to provide consumers with the best value and experience in young children's apparel."
In April, the company announced that it planned to open a one-million-square-foot distribution center in Braselton for its e-commerce, retail and wholesale businesses.
"Carter's is one of the top providers of clothing and products for babies and young children in the nation, and we're proud the company calls the city of Atlanta home," Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said in a statement.
The new positions in Atlanta are mostly in the areas of retail merchandising and store operations, finance and information technology, state officials said. The company already employs about 1,200 people in the Atlanta metro area.
A company spokesman said he couldn't comment on how many jobs would be eliminated by the closing of the Shelton, Conn., facility.
Carter's Inc. calls itself the nation's largest branded marketer of apparel and related products exclusively for babies and young children.