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Leigh Fibers plans US $10 million expansion

Leigh Fibers Inc. announced yesterday it will invest US $10 million expanding its Wellford plant to create 40 new jobs over the next five years. The 88-year-old private company recycles post-industrial and post-consumer textile waste and recycles it to manufacture new fabrics for a variety of industries. Leigh will use the capital investment to add new equipment at its one million-square-foot plant, which will allow it to diversify its product offering and imp

25th March 2010

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Spartanburg, SC

Industrial, Packaging, Interiors, Construction

Leigh Fibers Inc. announced yesterday it will invest US $10 million expanding its Wellford plant to create 40 new jobs over the next five years. The 88-year-old private company recycles post-industrial and post-consumer textile waste and recycles it to manufacture new fabrics for a variety of industries.

Leigh will use the capital investment to add new equipment at its one million-square-foot plant, which will allow it to diversify its product offering and improve its customer service.

Keith Taylor, President of Leigh Fibers, told GoUpstate.com: "We have been closely tied to textiles for a large portion of our history. We saw a lot of potential in post-consumer and post-industrial recycling. We have continued to see an increase in demand in our products and services, and the expansion will help us better serve our customers and position us for future growth."

Taylor said the company's plans to invest in the facility will not only promote job growth, but reduce the environmental impact from billions of pounds of textile waste that goes into landfills each year.

"We take something that is waste and convert it into something that has value," Taylor said. "We believe these investments will foster an entrance into a green economy less impacted by foreign imports and support the manufacturing base within the state."

Leigh Fibers was founded in Boston in 1922 as an affiliate of a British cotton waste company, John Leigh Ltd. In 1961, the company followed the U.S. textile industry to Spartanburg, relocating production from two New England plants to its current facility and adjacent 250,000 square foot warehouse.

Source: GoUpstate.com

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