American manufacturing may be picking up pace at least in South Carolina, once a relevant textile production hub, as Venus Group, Inc., a textile manufacturer specializing in linens, aprons, uniforms, towels and healthcare items is the second this year to announce investments in manufacturing facilities there.
Venus Group will invest $2.5 million to establish production operations in Fort Lawn, South Carolina, and the new facility is expected to create 25 new jobs.
The company is also investing in innovation for the long-term. Venus partnered with Milliken, a global innovation leader based in nearby Spartanburg, South Carolina, to foster increased working efficiency in the areas of fabric technology and innovation.
Venus is split into three business units: Venus Institution, which caters namely to linen rental companies, Venus Home, which serves as the company’s retail arm providing home accessories to customers, and Venus Hospitality, which supplies hotel and property management companies and independent hospitality market companies. The new South Carolina facility will add to the company’s existing U.S. distribution location in California and complement its international operations in India and China.
Venus Group owners Kirit Patel and Raj Patel said in a joint statement, “South Carolina is well known for quality textile manufacturing and its skilled workforce. We are very happy to be associated with this great state. Venus will provide the same excellent service on the East Coast that we have been providing on the West Coast for over 40 years by stocking fabric and core items and manufacturing special products.”
The news comes one month after performance apparel manufacturer Vapor Apparel said it would open a 30,000 square foot cut and sew operation in Union County, South Carolina, a $1.3 million investment expected to add 114 jobs over five years. The new facility will compliment Vapor Apparel’s existing production facility in North Charleston, South Carolina and expand its e-commerce fulfillment and print-on-demand services.
Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt said, “South Carolina boasts a rich tradition in the textiles manufacturing industry. It’s exciting to see that companies, like the Venus Group, are still selecting the Palmetto State as the best place to do business and manufacture their products.”