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10th August 2018, West Bridgewater, MA

Shawmut integrates GRTF headliner fabric operations

The move combines Glen Raven’s automotive headliner and specialty industrial fabrics business with Shawmut’s material lamination platform.  Shawmut Corporation, a leader in material lamination for the automotive industry, has completed its integration of Glen Raven Technical Fabrics’ (GRFT) specialty industrial fabrics business. The move, originally announced in June, fully integrates Shawmut’s composite development capabilities and global lamination platform with Glen Raven’s specialty industrial fabrics operation.

“The combination of Glen Raven’s automotive headliner and specialty industrial fabrics business with Shawmut’s world-class material lamination platform is extremely powerful,” said James Wyner, CEO of Shawmut. “The unified structure adds tremendous strength to our long-standing partnership and underscores our solutions-driven value proposition.”

The newly merged organisation is majority-owned by Shawmut, a family-owned company headquartered in West Bridgewater, MA, with Glen Raven as the minority owner. Wyner leads the new organisation, which will be jointly governed by a three-member Board of Managers. Harold Hill, President of Glen Raven Technical Fabrics, an operating division of Glen Raven, serves as Glen Raven’s representative on the Board.

“This is truly a milestone,” Hill said. “It’s not often that two family-owned companies with 240 years of combined experience start a new business together. We have the opportunity to completely redefine the standards for quality, design and technical support in our industry. We’re excited to continue our commitment to creating innovative solutions for our customers in this dynamic marketplace.”

The combined entity will include all Shawmut locations together with Glen Raven’s Park Avenue manufacturing operation and its associated specialty industrial fabric product lines. Those products include fabrics for automotive headliner, ultra-lightweight camouflage and netting systems, military apparel and filtration applications. The resulting business will employ nearly 700 people in six different countries, with production facilities in the US, Mexico, Czech Republic and China, and commercial and technical support offices in the US, Germany, China and Japan.

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