MMI Textiles Inc., a diversified supplier of industrial and custom fabrics and textile components with apparel, military, tactical, medical and commercial expertise, announced a major expansion of its operations.
MMI will open a 30,000-square-foot production facility in Lenoir, N.C., to begin producing select narrow fabrics during the first quarter of 2021. The new facility will focus on manufacturing and printing narrow fabrics, including a full line of webbing and binding tape products.
The main driver behind the new operation is MMI’s CTEdge printed narrow fabrics, which use patented technology to give the border of webbing and binding tape a more concealed edge because it is woven with different color threads allowing it to blend into the materials behind it. This product line has seen strong growth over the last few years with sales on a global scale and multiple international distributors, the company said.
“Our new facility reflects MMI’s commitment to deliver the best quality products within the best possible lead times,” MMI president and founder Amy Bircher said. “In addition to the investment in a new manufacturing facility, new equipment and new personnel, we have aligned with Mikan Printing, our existing print partner, to ensure quality control and timely delivery.”
MMI will hire new staff and acquire new equipment in Lenoir to ensure better control of the manufacturing process for this line. The new facility will house both MMI Textiles’ new manufacturing facility and Mikan’s print facility under one roof.
“We believe this significant investment, especially at a time when businesses around the globe are being challenged as never before, demonstrates our agility as an always-on, end-to-end provider and producer of innovative customer solutions,” Bircher added.
From its headquarters in Cleveland, its newest operation in Lenoir and its resource base of more than 250 suppliers, MMI delivers innovative solutions in fabrics, webbing, binding tape, hook and loop, hardware and labels. The company oversees the production of its own stock and custom products, many of which are 100 percent made in the U.S.