American Textile Company, a leading supplier of innovative sleep solutions, announced it would grow operations at its recently expanded Tifton, Ga. manufacturing and distribution center, adding 100 new jobs and investing $10 million over the course of three years. The center, which is currently staffed by 200 employees, was expanded to 418,000-square-feet two years ahead of schedule.
The company feted the grand opening for the new facility with hundreds of government officials, community leaders and partners in attendance. It was lauded by officials for shipping most of its products from four locations in the U.S., rather than Asia, where some products were previously produced.
U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga. said, “It is clear by American Textile’s success here that they are well aware of the benefits of the location and broad community support, including a workforce and demand to meet their needs. It is great to see American Textile reinvesting in our state and in our people.”
American Textile Company opened its Tifton operation in 2011 and quickly benefited from its close proximity to rail, airports and seaports. President and CEO of the Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce and the Tift County Development Authority Brian Marlowe, estimated the American Textile facility’s economic impact to be about $75-$80 million.
Lance Ruttenburg, president and CEO of American Textile, indicated that consumers’ demand for U.S.-made products is driving change. He said, “American manufacturers have traditionally faced difficult decisions when balancing cost considerations with the desire to produce in America. Now, consumer demand for American-made products, coupled with rising freight costs and overseas wages, has made it financially viable for companies to expand in the United States.” He added, “We’re thrilled to be a part of this resurgence of the textile industry in the Southeast and have found Tifton to be the perfect fit for us.”
The family-owned and operated company sells its mattress and pillow encasements, pillows, comforters, mattress pads, sheets and blankets in over 40,000 stores, catalogs and online retailers across the U.S. and Canada. In addition to Tifton, it has operations based out of Pennsylvania, Texas and Utah.