Delta Apparel, Inc. (NYSE Amex:DLA) has signed a letter of intent and expects to acquire substantially all of the net assets of HPM Apparel, Inc. d/b/a The Cotton Exchange by July 15, 2010.
HPM Apparel, Inc. d/b/a The Cotton Exchange designs and markets decorated casual apparel to college bookstores, the U.S. military and other retail accounts. The Cotton Exchange has a strong reputation selling USA made collegiate apparel to college bookstores under “The Cotton Exchange” brand. It also sells products under the brands of “TCX” and “Just for Us”. The Cotton Exchange was formed in 1984 and is recognized in the industry for the quality of its garments, graphic designs, and most importantly its service to customers.
Robert W. Humphreys, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “We are excited about the acquisition of The Cotton Exchange as it continues our strategy of growing the Company’s business within the college bookstore market and further strengthens our military and retail channels. In addition, this business provides us additional U.S. screen print and embroidery capacity, further enhancing our speed to market initiatives. Delta Apparel is eager to begin working with the existing management team to continue to grow “The Cotton Exchange” as well as the Company’s other brands.”
The Cotton Exchange will continue to be headquartered in Wendell, North Carolina and all current operations will remain in place. The business currently employs approximately 290 people, all of whom will be offered continued employment with the Company after the acquisition.
“All of us at M. J. Soffe are looking forward to the new relationship with The Cotton Exchange,” said Ken Spires, President of M. J. Soffe, LLC. “We plan for The Cotton Exchange to continue to operate as a separate division within Soffe and to begin servicing Soffe’s existing college bookstore business. We believe The Cotton Exchange’s reputation for service and strong relationships with its customers is exactly what Soffe needs to realize its full potential within the college bookstore channel.”