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Milliken Investing $27.4 Million in South Carolina

Milliken & Company, a diversified global textile manufacturer with more than 70 locations worldwide, announced plans on Friday to expand operations in Blacksburg, S.C.

The company’s $27.4 million investment is expected to create 75 new jobs. South Carolina is home to more than 25 Milliken locations, including textile and chemical manufacturing facilities, showrooms and the company’s corporate headquarters in Spartanburg. Located at 157 New Milliken Road in Blacksburg, Milliken’s Cherokee County expansion will include newly added production lines to increase manufacturing capacity.

“Expanding Magnolia Plant made perfect sense to us as a company,” Milliken president and CEO Halsey Cook said. This plant is on the cutting edge of manufacturing excellence and innovation, and Cherokee County’s support is vital to its operation. We’re grateful for the partnerships with this community and the state, and we’re proud to call South Carolina home.”

Known as the Magnolia Finishing Plant, the facility specializes in workwear, military and flame-resistant apparel. The expansion is expected to be complete by year-end.

The South Carolina Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved a $200,000 Rural Infrastructure Fund (RIF) grant to Cherokee County to assist with costs related to the project.

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“South Carolina’s roots in the textile industry have given rise to the evolution of advanced and diversified materials, and we are proud to be home to one such global leader in Milliken & Company,” South Carolina secretary of commerce Harry M. Lightsey III said. “Today’s expansion is a testament to our state’s support for new and existing businesses.”

Milliken said in July it was shutting down its Longleaf Plant, located in Sylvania, Ga., and transitioning all production lines to the expanded and modernized Magnolia Plant. The company said the decision positions it for additional growth in its “Westex: A Milliken Brand” flame-resistant textiles and workwear business units by maximizing production capabilities at the Magnolia Plant.

The transition from the Longleaf facility to the Magnolia Plant also allows Milliken to consolidate its U.S. textile manufacturing footprint to enhance operational efficiencies and increase production capacity.