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North Carolina Textile Investments To Provide 113 New Jobs

Two investments totaling more than $15 million promise to provide 113 new jobs in North Carolina's textile sector over the next three years.

P&A Industrial Fabrications LLC, a new company formed by former Collins and Aikman Corp. employees Claude Pruitt and Jack Adams to acquire some of that Troy, Mich.-based company's industrial woven business following the closure of its automotive fabric division in Roxboro, N.C., will invest more than $2.8 million and hire 65 workers to manufacture paint-roller fabric. A One North Carolina Fund grant of $70,000 provided an incentive for the business to stay in Roxboro.

"This was a big endeavor for the two of us to put together, but it was made possible with our faith and the help of a number of people who wanted the project to stay here in Roxboro," Adams said. "We chose to stay in North Carolina because of the well-trained workforce already in place in Roxboro as well as the state and local grants and other incentives."

Colfax, N.C.-based Global Textile Alliance Inc. (GTA), formed in 2001 to develop and market upholstery and mattress ticking products under the GTA brand, will invest $12.3 million to open a state-of-the-art textile plant in Reidsville, N.C., to manufacture mattress ticking. The investment will add 48 new employees to the companys existing workforce of 52 people employed in North Carolina. GTA has been awarded a $100,000 One North Carolina Fund grant to assist in the expansion.

GTA will move its mattress ticking operation from mills in China and Indonesia, thereby eliminating the costs associated with duties and tariffs, and the need to comply with fabric quotas.

"As a company, we are very excited about our current expansion plans," said Steven M. Graven, chief operating officer and executive vice president, GTA. "The state of North Carolina along with the Rockingham County Partnership for Economic and Tourism Development have been great to work with, and we are committed to bringing stable and exciting employment to the area. "

September 26, 2006