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U.S. Textiles: Investment Continues in Weaving

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Miami-based Banyan, a private investment firm and majority shareholder of Burlington, N.C.-based Burlington Technologies (BT) has announced its acquisition of Lebanon, Pa.-based Keystone Weaving. The transaction was asset-based and included the purchase of jacquard and dobby looms, related textile weaving equipment, the Keystone Brand, and Keystone’s business for both home fabrics and apparel fabrics markets. Along with the purchase, several key members of the Keystone management team will join BT.
Brawer Bros. Inc., Hawthorne, N.J., is establishing a new warping, warehousing and distribution facility in Whiteville, N.C., where it is converting an existing building and installing eight to nine conventional warpers to prepare warps for knitters and weavers. Operations at the facility are already underway. In addition to the Whiteville facility, which is operating under the name Brawer Bros. Inc., the company has two independent affiliated businesses in North Carolina — Warp Technologies Inc. in Holly Springs and New Generation Yarn Corp. in Gibsonville — as well as two affiliates in Pennsylvania — Warp Processing Co. Inc. in Exeter and Middleburg Yarn Processing Co. Inc. in Selinsgrove. Altogether, Brawer Bros. and its affiliates employ some 400 workers. Customers include domestic and overseas knitters and weavers serving both conventional and technical textile sectors.
Greensboro, N.C.-based Cone Denim LLC recently formed partnerships with two companies to develop new performance denim products. Cone Denim was named a “Premium Manufacturing Partner for Denim” by The Netherlands-based DSM Dyneema. The research and development (R&D) collaboration — led by Cone’s Cone® 3D R&D group — will work to produce a line of performance denims. Cone 3D is focused on products that offer performance, comfort, uniqueness and sustainability. “The partnership between DSM Dyneema and Cone ties in directly with our global growth strategy in performance apparel and allows two leaders of innovation to collaborate and explore new possibilities within cotton applications using our Dyneema fiber,” said Noud Steffens, global segment director, performance apparel, DSM Dyneema. Cone Denim also partnered with Spartanburg, S.C.-based Westex by Milliken to provide flame resistant denim apparel fabrics. The partnership will allow Westex by Milliken to offer customers denim apparel in a variety of performance attributes and colors with added safety features. “Cone Denim has over 100 years of experience in denim innovation and manufacturing and we are excited to be partnering with Westex by Milliken with their expertise and long-standing excellence in flame resistant fabrics,” said Steve Maggard, vice president, product development, Cone 3D.
Valdese Weavers, Valdese, N.C., has purchased the assets of Dicey Mills Inc., Shelby, N.C. Assets acquired include intellectual property, as well as selected equipment including a needle loom, sectional warper and certain yarn manufacturing machinery including Dicey’s extrusion capability. Valdese did not acquire the Dicey plant in Shelby. According to Valdese President and CEO Michael Shelton, the purchase included a transition services agreement giving Valdese the right to manufacture as needed in the Dicey facility until the end of the year. “This will help ensure a seamless integration and high level of service to all Dicey customers during the transition,” said Shelton. He also reports that Valdese intends to hire as many Dicey personnel as possible. “The addition of the Dicey fabric line complements the existing Valdese Weavers’ brands unique style very well,” said Michael Shelton, president and CEO, Valdese. “Dicey is excited about becoming a part of an outstanding company like Valdese Weavers,” said Parks Neisler, representative for the Neisler family, owner and operator of Dicey Mills. “Like us, they are a family business with deep roots in the textile industry and we look forward to growing the Dicey Fabrics brand with them in the years ahead.”
Okolona, Miss.–based United Furniture Industries NC LLC, manufacturer of upholstery products, is expanding operations in Forsyth County, N.C. The company plans to create 200 new jobs and invest $5.2 million over the next three years in Winston-Salem. United Furniture Industries employs 940 people at four North Carolina facilities in Randolph, Davidson and Forsyth counties. As part of the expansion, the company is combining its manufacturing and distribution hub at a new, larger location in Winston-Salem at the renovated historic Weeks plant.
High Point, N.C.-based Culp Inc.’s Culp Home Fashions Division is investing $9.5 million in its mattress fabrics operations. The two-phase project includes a building expansion, and additional finishing and fabric production capacity, with a late fall 2014 phase-one completion target and early spring 2015 phase-two target. The capacity expansion will include operations in the U.S., Canada and China. “Culp Home Fashions has enjoyed solid growth with record annual mattress fabrics sales of over $160 million in fiscal 2014,” said Iv Culp, president, Culp Home Fashions. “These expansion initiatives are an important investment in our future growth and reflect our unwavering commitment to meeting the demands of our customers.”   

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