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Fruit of the Loom, Inc. Overview

Bowling Green, KY
10000+ employees
Company - Private
Consumer Products Manufacturing
Unknown / Non-Applicable
Fruit of the Loom, Inc. is a global pioneer, specializing in the design, manufacture, and marketing of a number of iconic family apparel, athletic apparel, and sporting equipment brands including Vanity Fair®, Fruit of the Loom®, Spalding®, and Russell ... Read more

Mission: Our family of brands is devoted to enriching every day through comfort, performance, and fun.

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  • We are excited to partner with the Nashville Predators and see our iconic logo on the ice and in the arena! #smashville #fotl #gopreds

  • We proudly accepted four awards at the United Way LIVE UNITED Awards ceremony last week. We are continuously thankful for the time, support, and financial contributions our employees give back to our local community.

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Fruit of the Loom, Inc. – Why Work For Us?

We are Global.  Nearly 26,000 plus employees across the world impact our business daily.

We are a Family of Brands.  Operating for over 150 years we specialize in the design, manufacture, and marketing for the iconic brands of Fruit of the Loom®, Russell Athletic®, Spalding®, JERZEES® and Vanity Fair®.

We are Innovative.  Continuing to evolve by moving into new markets, partnering with new customers, and growing our digital presence.

We are Leaders.  No matter the role, we offer career growth opportunities and focused Leadership Development programs.

We are Socially Responsible.  We strategically utilize our expertise and resources to run a competitive and profitable business, while at the same time adding value to the communities in which we operate by preserving our planet’s natural resources and empowering our people.

We are Serving our Communities.  By allowing employees paid time off to give back to their local and regional communities.

We are Growing.  You can join our Family of Brands, bringing your passion and skills to drive our business forward.

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People are our most valued asset

We strive to promote self-esteem to all individuals

Individuals must have ownership in the company’s objectives and performance


We never compromise


Planning: knowing where we are, where we want to be, and how we want to get there

Education: the catalyst for success

Communication: the foundation for success


We never accept “status quo” in anything

We seek constant improvement in everything


We never allow success to be limited by effort





Home to FOTL Corporate Headquarters

Kentucky is rich in Southern Lifestyle, with endless possibilities for enriching your quality of life!  Known as The Bluegrass State  you can enjoy thoroughbred horse racing and horse farms, exploring caves, tasting bourbon country, driving the Corvette, and soaking up the down-home cooking recipes of the south. 

Bowling Green, KY, home to Fruit of the Loom, Inc. is in South Central Kentucky and at the center of the growth, but with a strong history dating all the way back to 1775.  The city, citizens, and the historic preservation board all keep the spirit of Bowling Green past and present alive and that is what drives this city not to be just any other city!

More than 50 colleges and universities are within 60 miles of South Central Kentucky, including top-ranked schools by U.S. News & World Report.  Western Kentucky University is home to the Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science, the #1 High School in America three years in a row according to Newsweek.  Vanderbilt University is ranked 15th in the "Best National Universities" by U.S. News & World Report (2016).  Belmont University is ranked 6th in the "Best Regional University South Rankings" by U.S. News & World Report (2016).

We can keep you busy for days, and this city offers so much more that we think you will be surprised by how much is happening here.  Come see for yourself, you won’t want to leave!

While you are visiting, don't forget to stop by our Brand Store Outlet and shop all of our products in one store!

The Brand Shop 

2622 Scottsville Road, Bowling Green, KY 42103



Monday - Saturday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm 

Sunday 12:30 pm - 6:00 pm 

Fruit of the Loom was born in 1851 when brothers Benjamin and Robert Knight bought their first mill and started producing cotton cloth and textiles in Warwick, Rhode Island. Fruit of the Loom was registered as an official trademark in 1871, making it one of the world’s most historic brands – predating the invention of light bulbs, cars, and telephones!

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Russell Athletic was founded in 1902 by Benjamin Russell.  With legacies like the invention of the sweatshirt and outfitting great athletes for generations, Russell Athletic has played an integral role in developing performance wear that delivers for more than 100 years! Combining the old with the new, Russell Athletic continues to create modern-day classics for everyday athletes.

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Since 1876, Spalding has been true to the game.  We ignite the inner confidence that lives in athletes of all levels, across the globe, and enable them to play their best game. We protect the integrity of sport because of our passion for the will behind the work. Spalding’s heritage of quality products is what makes us stand out and you excel. Explore our journey to discover why we are an icon in sports and innovation.

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Vanity Fair Brands lingerie embodies timeless sophistication and passion. Our depth of heritage and experience enables us to deliver superior fit, comfort, and support in average figure, full-figure, and full-coverage products that can be worn all day, every day. Vanity Fair® products offer everything you would expect from a brand that has been making women beautiful since 1899. 

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Our Core Environmental Values

  • We are committed to proactive involvement in activities directed toward the preservation and conservation of our natural resources.
  • We are committed to operating our facilities in compliance with all applicable environmental laws and regulations.
  • We are committed to working with our employees, customers, and suppliers to design products, processes, equipment, and packaging that are environmentally friendly and economically viable.
  • We are committed to educating and encouraging our employees in environmental responsibilities and activities required for the preservation of our natural resources.

At Fruit of the Loom, Inc. we are committed to ensuring that our company conducts business in a socially responsible fashion, balancing the needs of the business with our impact on the environment, the people involved in our supply chain, and the communities in which we operate. 

The garment industry has a challenging business model, with retailers and manufacturers competing with consumer-driven, low-priced products. An industry, once primarily manufacturing in the U.S., has moved operations to manufacturing hubs in other countries quickly complicating supply chains and distancing consumers from the source of the product. In this complex model, it is imperative that companies recognize the impact of their operations and diligently work together, as part of a larger effort, with producers, manufacturers, brands, retailers, and consumers to make that model sustainable.

Fruit of the Loom, Inc. also believes that successful companies need healthy societies. We embrace the concept of corporate social responsibility as a tool that provides an integral view of business and society.

It is our responsibility to strategically utilize our expertise and resources to run a competitive and profitable business, while at the same time adding value to the communities in which we operate by preserving our planet’s natural resources and empowering our people.

Fruit of the Loom’s third-party verified carbon footprint by SCS Global Services guarantees that our measured greenhouse gas (GHG) emission calculations are thorough and accurate and in accordance to World Resources Institute’s GHG Protocol Corporate Standard. Carbon footprints help organizations identify opportunities to reduce the climate impacts of their operations and are also used to create baselines against which greenhouse gas reduction efforts can be benchmarked. Fruit of the Loom reported their verified carbon footprint to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), which provides greater transparency and credibility to stakeholders.

Fruit of the Loom, Inc. Reviews

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    "The Family of Fruit of the Loom"

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    I have been working at Fruit of the Loom, Inc. full-time (More than 10 years)


    Progressive stance on IT/systems...we have made major leaps in developing our systems/software in the last few years...implementing ERP and state of the art data management platform.

    Compensation and benefits are competitive.

    Growth opportunities are only limited by each individual's drive, work ethic, and commitment to process improvement. Training /education offered and encouraged.

    Family in any large organization, disagreements occur between individuals...and between departments. These differences are resolved civilly by open discussion....with the best interest of the company at the heart of the resolution...backstabbing is strongly discouraged. Open door policy truly in place. Sense that all departments working toward same goals.


    No free underwear for employees!

    Advice to Management

    Please continue to support the progress made in benefits and IT are creating a great workplace!

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Fruit of the Loom, Inc. Photos

Fruit of the Loom, Inc. photo of: We are excited about our new partnership with the Nashville Predators! #Smashville
Fruit of the Loom, Inc. photo of: 2018 United Way LIVE UNITED Awards
Fruit of the Loom, Inc. photo of: The JERZEES® booth at the season opening of the Imprinted Sportswear Shows last weekend!
Fruit of the Loom, Inc. photo of: The JERZEES® team debuted their new looks this past weekend at the season opening of the Imprinted Sportswear Show.
Fruit of the Loom, Inc. photo of: Hong Kong Team Charity Walk through Mai Po
Fruit of the Loom, Inc. photo of: I Run with Heart 2018 - FOTL Sponsored Race
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Fruit of the Loom, Inc. Interviews



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    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bowling Green, KY
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    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Fruit of the Loom, Inc. (Bowling Green, KY) in March 2015.


    Applyed on line....heard from them in less then week. Had phone interview..then on canpus the next week...laid back but upbeat, met with 3 managers. Appropriate questions for job. Left with no set time on interview turn around.Been one week still waiting for contact after.

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