U.S. Textiles: Investment Continues

2015 show continued investment in Fibers And Yarns

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DAK Americas Cooper River site - Fiber and Yarn Plant
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Charlotte, N.C.-based DAK Americas announced it will increase production capacity by 55 million pounds per year (lbs/year) for polyester staple fiber (PSF) at its Cooper River Site near Charleston, S.C. Phase one of the expansion is expected to be complete sometime in March or April 2015; the timing for phase two of the project will be determined once phase one is complete. Once the total expansion is complete, DAK will have a total capacity of 500 million lbs/year for PSF in the NAFTA region. “We are excited to be increasing the capacity of the facility to meet the needs of our customers,” said Jorge Young, president and CEO, DAK Americas. “The capacity will serve the growing U.S. fibers market.”

McAdenville, N.C.-based Pharr Yarns LLC reports it has purchased space-dyeing technology for its carpet division from Mount Holly, N.C.-based Belmont Textile Machinery. The machinery gives Pharr the ability to offer its customers improved styling, versatility and color clarity. “Pharr’s new technology will allow us to provide a broader range of color and patterns to create distinctive atmospheres for residential and commercial spaces,” said Joe Rankin, vice president, Pharr’s Carpet Yarn division. “Just like a new spice can improve an old recipe in the kitchen, colors and patterns created with space-dye technology enhance carpeting’s aesthetics in ways consumers have never imagined.”

Over the next three years, PolyTech Fibers LLC, a Chatsworth, Ga.-based employee-owned polyester fiber manufacturer, will create 114 jobs and invest more than $12 million into its first manufacturing facility in Murray County, Ga. With this new 80,000-square-foot (ft2) facility, the company plans to manufacture and distribute several kinds of regenerated and recycled polyester staple fibers for the automotive industry, as well as the filter and nonwoven sectors, and commercial/residential and high-end furnishing fillers. PolyTech’s annual production capacity is expected to reach 80 million pounds within three years.

Gastonia-based Parkdale America LLC has signed an agreement with Fruit of the Loom Inc., Bowling Green, Ky., to acquire Fruit of the Loom’s U.S.-based yarn spinning operations. Parkdale will upgrade those plants to operate the latest open-end and ring-spinning technology, and as part of the agreement, will provide Fruit of the Loom with high-quality cotton and cotton-blend yarns to be used in its underwear and casualwear products. The partnership agreement is expected to close sometime in the first quarter of 2015. Fruit of the Loom employees currently working at the spinning plants will be offered jobs as employees of Parkdale. “We are excited to have this opportunity,” said Anderson D. Warlick, vice chairman and CEO, Parkdale. “By working together with Fruit of the Loom, we can take advantage of our combined demand and invest in technology that will yield the highest quality at the lowest cost.” “We are happy to join Parkdale in this strategic partnership,” said Rick Medlin, president and CEO, Fruit of the Loom. “This new model will position us to provide our customers with even more innovative products with the great quality and value that consumers expect from the Fruit of the Loom brand.”

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