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Belgium-Based Drylock Technologies Plans Reidsville, North Carolina, Operations

Drylock Technologies, a manufacturer of hygiene products, plans to establish production operations in Reidsville, North Carolina. The $26.9 million project is expected to create 113 jobs in Rockingham County.

The company will move U.S. baby care production from Europe to a 450,000-square-foot facility that will support faster product development for its U.S. clients.

“People often asked me when I would be establishing a baby products plant in the U.S. - and I’m very happy to say that the time is now,” said Bart Van Malderen, the CEO of Drylock Technologies. “In 2023, we reached 1.2 billion EUR in sales, but we’re eager to keep growing. “The next step we’re taking towards further growth is to open a baby care products plant in North Carolina. With a localized manufacturing presence, we can support faster product development for our U.S. customers and empower them with an unparalleled speed to market.”

A performance-based grant of $300,000 from the One North Carolina Fund will help Drylock Technologies establish its new production site. The One NC Fund provides financial assistance to local governments to help attract economic investment and create jobs. Companies receive no money upfront and must meet job creation and capital investment targets to qualify for payment. All One NC grants require matching participation from local governments and any award is contingent upon that condition being met.

“The combination of manufacturing and innovation has taken North Carolina’s textile legacy to new heights,” noted N.C. Commerce Secretary Machelle Baker Sanders. “With a strong nonwoven supply chain and the largest nonwovens manufacturing workforce in the nation, North Carolina offers the right blend of training and partnerships to help companies like Drylock Technologies thrive.”

Drylock Technologies provides private label absorbent baby, feminine, and adult care hygiene products. The company currently operates nine plants globally.

“The Drylock team has been wonderful to work with and we know they will be great corporate partners for years to come,” added Leigh Cockram, Director of Economic Development for Rockingham County. “We are grateful for the leadership from the County Commissioners and partnerships with the Department of Commerce, North Carolina Economic Development Partnership and Mary Lesa Pegg, the City of Reidsville, and the building owner, 287 Partnership, for bringing this project to fruition as it truly takes a team to have these types of great announcements."

In addition to the North Carolina Department of Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC), other key partners in the project include N.C. Commerce’s Division of Workforce Solutions, the North Carolina Community College System, Rockingham County, and the City of Reidsville.

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