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Leigh Fibers plans to acquire J.E. Herndon

J.E. Herndon Company reprocesses textile fibres and by-products primarily connected to the cotton industry.

5th December 2017

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Spartanburg, SC


J.E. Herndon Company reprocesses textile fibres and by-products primarily connected to the cotton industry. The acquisition of J.E. Herndon is expected to close in January 2018. “We are excited to take this next strategic step in our growth journey through the acquisition of J.E. Herndon Company. This acquisition complements our overall service and product offerings while adding to our capacity and geographic presence,” said Don Bockoven, President and CEO of Leigh Fibers and ICE Recycling.

The expertise and capability that J.E. Herndon Company has built over the past 90 years in the cotton area aligns with Leigh’s overarching vision of becoming the global preferred provider of sustainable recycled solutions across diverse markets, materials and product lines, the company explains.

“Consumers, industry, and governments worldwide are clear in their demand for sustainable solutions for all of their fibre based products. Leigh’s commitment to be the leader in this space provides the ideal environment through which J.E. Herndon Company can best leverage its dedicated workforce and recycling capabilities in the sourcing, conversion, and marketing of cotton and other sustainable fibres,” said Patrick Mullen, President and Owner of J.E. Herndon Company.

The acquisition of J.E. Herndon Company follows the 2014 acquisition of ICE Recycling based in Lake City, SC. ICE Recycling specialises in zero-to-landfill, turn-key recycling programmes, and waste consulting. ICE Recycling has been successful with implementing solutions for waste in industries ranging from food and beverage to industrial manufacturing.

Leigh Fibers is headquartered in Wellford, between Greenville and Spartanburg. For nearly 100 years, Leigh has manufactured, traded and reprocessed fibers and polymers. Through sustainable product engineering, its branded products, and specialty fibers it has provided many industries with unique solutions to their specific problems.

Founded in 2008, ICE Recycling, based in Lake City, reprocesses postindustrial polymers, cardboard, paper and metals for companies throughout the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. The company provides on-site waste stream management as well as off-site reprocessing services. ICE is affiliated with Leigh Fibers Inc.

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