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Burlington Denim and IGP Launch Joint Venture

GREENSBORO, N.C., Jan. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Burlington Industries, Inc. (NYSE: BUR) announced today that it has signed a letter of intent with International Garment Processors (IGP) for a 50/50 joint venture to build and operate a garment processing facility for denim jeans in the State of Chihuahua, Mexico. The facility will enhance Burlington's ability to offer its customers a full package of quality garment-making services.

The processing facility, like IGP's plant in El Paso, will offer stonewashing, enzyme washing and sand blasting. It will then press, label and package the jeans for shipment as designated by customers.

Burlington Global Denim is a leading manufacturer of denim fabrics. Addition of the new jeans processing facility will add a critical component to the package of garment services Burlington offers. "Our customers do a great job of creating fashion appeal in jeans -- and to do that, they have to start with a great fabric on one end and the right kind of washing and finishing techniques on the other," said Dutch Leonard, President of Burlington Global Denim. "By controlling quality on both ends of the cycle we'll be able to give our customers superior products and service."

The new facility will also complement Burlington's new denim fabric plant now under construction in the State of Morelos, Mexico. Both plants are expected to begin production in l999.

Burlington Global Denim operates five plants in the United States and one joint venture plant in India. It is a division of Burlington Industries, Inc., one of the world's largest and most diversified manufacturers of textile products for apparel and interior furnishings.

IGP, headquartered in El Paso, is one of the largest, most modern denim garment processing firms in the United States. Owned and managed by J. Cesar Viramontes, IGP has served the jeans industry since 1974. IGP will provide the expertise to design, build and manage the new facility, which will employ approximately 700 people when fully operational.

SOURCE Burlington Industries, Inc.
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/CONTACT: Media: Dick Windham, 336-379-2303, or Analysts: Lynn Lane, 336-379-2745, both of Burlington Industries, Inc./


CO: Burlington Industries, Inc.; International Garment Processors; Burlington

Global Denim ST: North Carolina, Texas IN: TEX HOU SU: JVN

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