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Repreve Recycling Center expands due to new customer adoptions

Recycling capacity at the Unifi’s Repreve Recycling Center will increase by more than 70%, bringing the total investment to $15 million. This will be driven by demand from new customer adoptions with companies such as Ford, The North Face, Nike, Volcom and Patagonia, the company reports.

6th June 2014

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Greensboro, NC

Sustainable, Industrial, Interiors, Clothing/​Footwear

Unifi, the leading processed yarn manufacturer, has announced the expansion of its Repreve Recycling Center, which opened in Yadkinville, NC, in May 2010.

The expansion comes as Unifi dials up its commitment to Premium Value Added products, like Repreve, which continue to be a strategic focus for the company.

Recycling capacity at the Repreve Recycling Center will increase from 42 million pounds to 72 million pounds annually, driven by demand from new customer adoptions with companies such as Ford, The North Face, Nike, Volcom and Patagonia.

Commitment to the brand

The expansion is expected to create 10 new jobs. The recent $5 million capital expenditure brings the total investment in the Repreve Recycling Center to $15 million since its opening.

“Expanding our Repreve manufacturing capabilities highlights our commitment to the Repreve brand and provides increased flexibility to better serve our customers,” explained Roger Berrier, President and Chief Operating Officer of Unifi.

“As we bring the new machinery online, it’s clear that the increased versatility will help better position Repreve to support the growth and demand for recycled products.”

 Market leader in recycled products

The largest and fastest growing segments for Repreve continue to be apparel and automotive.  The expansion increases the availability of Repreve product offerings such as lower deniers that support lighter-weight fashion trends, FR Flame Retardant yarns and WaterWise colour technology, the company reports.

“The expansion also reflects our commitment to remain the market leader in recycled products and sustainable solutions,” said Berrier.


The Repreve brand is made from recycled materials, including pre-consumer manufacturing waste and post-consumer plastic bottles.

Repreve can be found in many products, ranging from apparel to office furnishings, and even socks. It is also used in industrial, automotive and medical applications.

Repreve has been adopted by some leading brands and retailers, including Patagonia, The North Face, Haggar and Ford.

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