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Carolina Nonwovens Plans Plant Expansion In Maiden, North Carolina

Carolina Nonwovens will invest $12.25 million to expand its facilities in Maiden, North Carolina. The company plans to double its workforce with the creation of 35 new jobs over the next three years.

James W. Chesnutt, Chairman of the Board and CEO of National Spinning Co., expressed his appreciation for the support provided by the staff of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, the Catawba County Economic Development Corporation, the Town of Maiden and Catawba County. He said, “Our company is pleased to be in a position to expand production capacity and provide additional jobs to the citizens of the Catawba Valley. Our experience with the quality and reliability of the local workforce has been excellent. We are very excited about our future.”

The project was made possible in part by a performance-based grant from the One North Carolina Fund of up to $70,000. The One NC Fund provides financial assistance, through local governments, to attract business projects that will stimulate economic activity and create new jobs in the state. Companies receive no money up front and must meet job creation and investment performance standards to qualify for grant funds. These grants also require and are contingent upon local matches. The new jobs include technicians, machine operators and engineers with varied salaries by position.

“Carolina Nonwovens is a homegrown company in one of North Carolina’s traditional manufacturing industries,” said Governor Pat McCrory. “This expansion shows that North Carolina is still attracting state-of-the-art manufacturers that make products that have been part of our industrial fabric for centuries.”

Carolina Nonwovens is a subsidiary of Washington, North Carolina, based National Spinning Company. National Spinning acquired Carolina Nonwovens in 2012 and has since tripled its workforce. The company currently has 32 employees in North Carolina who make nonwoven fabrics of various thicknesses used to replace foam in outdoor cushions and bedding; noise-dampening insulation in automobiles and appliances; and many other industrial applications. The majority of these products are made with recycled raw materials. The company’s expansion includes an investment in state of the art technology, enabling an even broader range of products.

In addition to the N.C. Department of Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of N.C., other partners that helped with this project include North Carolina Community College System, Duke Energy, Catawba County Economic Development Corporation, Catawba County and the town of Maiden.

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