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Milliken & Company Expands Blacksburg, South Carolina, Operations

Milliken & Company, a diversified global textile manufacturer, plans to expand operations in Blacksburg, South Carolina. The $27.4 million project is expected to create 75 jobs in Cherokee County.

The investment will include new production lines to increase manufacturing capacity. The facility, located at 157 New Milliken Road, specializes in workwear, military and flame-resistant apparel. The expansion is scheduled for completion by year-end.

“Expanding the Magnolia Plant made perfect sense to us as a company. This plant is on the cutting edge of manufacturing excellence and innovation, and Cherokee County’s support is vital to its operation. We’re grateful for the partnerships with this community and the state, and we’re proud to call South Carolina home,” Milliken & Company President and CEO Halsey Cook said.

As an incentive the Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved a $200,000 Rural Infrastructure Fund (RIF) grant to Cherokee County to assist with costs related to this project.

“South Carolina’s roots in the textile industry have given rise to the evolution of advanced and diversified materials, and we are proud to be home to one such global leader in Milliken & Company. Today’s expansion is a testament to our state’s support for new and existing businesses, alike,” noted Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III.

Milliken is a materials science expert with a diverse portfolio serving the textile, flooring, specialty chemical and healthcare industries. South Carolina is home to more than 25 Milliken locations, including textile and chemical manufacturing facilities, showrooms and the company’s corporate headquarters in Spartanburg.

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