The state of Alabama is attracting investment in its textile sector.
Frontier Spinning Mills plans to invest $6 million to add new, state-of-the-art fiber preparation and open-end spinning equipment at its plant in Elmore County, the Alabama Commerce Department’s Made In Alabama initiative announced.
The expansion project will add 18 jobs to the Alabama plant’s workforce of 120 based in Sanford, North Carolina, according to Frontier. The project also involves the addition of warehouse space at the facility.
Also in the state, Mohawk Industries has acquired the former Beaulieu fiber facility in Bridgeport in a transaction that includes a commitment to preserve current jobs and grow employment in the community.
In January, the Beaulieu Group announced plans to shut down most of the operations at the Bridgeport factory, where it extruded nylon, polyester and polypropylene fibers and provided heat set and cabling for fibers. The plant, open since 1987, was the city’s second largest manufacturing employer.
“Frontier Spinning Mills is very pleased to announce this significant investment in the Wetumpka Plant,” Frontier chief executive officer Robin Perkins, said. “The Wetumpka Plant has a history of excellence in quality, safety, productivity, and cost. It has been the commitment and dedication of our employees over the years that has established Frontier as the premier yarn producer in the United States and globally. This project provides stability and growth for this operation, Elmore County and Frontier.”
Frontier expects to complete the expansion project at the Alabama plant by Aug. 1. The facility primarily uses cotton and polyester fibers in an open-end spinning process that creates yarn without using a spindle.
Starting with a single open-end spinning facility in North Carolina two decades ago, Frontier has grown into one of the world’s largest producers of cotton and cotton-blend yarns for the knitting and weaving industries. Its yarns find their way to major retailers in the form of denim, sweatshirts, socks, underwear, T-shirts and home furnishings.