The additional 4,500 square feet of production space will house new state-of-the-art flame resistant treatment equipment that will increase Mount Vernon FR’s production and finished fabric capacity by 20 percent. Mount Vernon FR offers a variety of flame resistant fabrics, including denim. Fabrics can be made from cotton, nylon, Dupont’s Nomex, Lenzing’s Tencel or blends of these materials.
“This is an exciting time for Mount Vernon FR, but our rapid growth has presented challenges with space to accommodate the equipment required to manufacture an ever-expanding range of FR products,” Mike Woods, vice president of flame resistant fabrics for Mount Vernon FR, said. “This additional square footage will allow us to better serve current and future customer demand.”
Mount Vernon FR is part of Mount Vernon Mills’ Apparel Fabrics Group, which manufactures denim, and flame resistant and piece-dyed fabric. It is the largest of all the Mount Vernon Mills groups, accounting for more than half of the company’s sales.
The company said Mount Vernon FR experienced year-over-year growth in 2018. The expansion, which is expected to be complete in the third quarter of this year, is part of the company’s plan to grow its production footprint for flame resistant fabrics to fulfill increasing demand.
“Our fabrics are Made in the USA from fiber to finished yard, all under one roof,” Woods added. “As our business continues to innovate and grow, the expansion enables us to provide customers across the globe with access to durable, high-performing fabrics from Mount Vernon FR.”
Mount Vernon FR fabrics meet the performance requirements of ASTM F1506, the standard performance specification for flame resistant and electric arc rated protective clothing worn by workers exposed to flames and electric arc, and are UL certified to the National Fire Protection Association standard.