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Vapor Apparel to Open US Manufacturing Facility in Union County, S.C.

Performance apparel manufacturer Vapor Apparel is set to open a 30,000 square foot cut and sew operation in Union County, S.C., a $1.3 million investment expected to add 114 jobs over five years.

The new facility will compliment the company’s existing production facility in North Charleston, S.C. and expand its e-commerce fulfillment and print-on-demand services.

Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt said, “South Carolina has a long tradition of supporting the textile industry. Today, we celebrate Vapor Apparel’s decision to continue that tradition by selecting Union County as the site of their first U.S. manufacturing facility. This is not only another victory for our textile manufacturing industry but for our state as a whole.”

Founded in 2004, Vapor Apparel has experienced rapid growth, being named one of the 25 fastest-growing companies in South Carolina twice in the last five years. The new facility also marks a significant step for the sublimation printing solutions and performance fabrics-focused company.

The company, headquartered in North Charleston, has distribution throughout the U.S., Canada, Australia, Germany, the U.K. and the Caribbean.

Vapor Apparel co-founder and chief revenue officer Christopher Bernat, said, “This time the jobs are connected to dynamic markets and leverage our investment in mass customized artwork for our clients. We also have a lot of demand for Made in the USA products with our national parks retailers. Our custom cut and sew offers minimum orders as few as six garments.”

The company’s Union County operations are expected to come on line in the first quarter of 2015.