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Gehring Textiles Acquires Tweave

Garden City, N.Y.-based Gehring Textiles Inc. — a manufacturer of warp and circular knit fabrics for markets such as aviation and aerospace, military, fire prevention, utilities, medical equipment and apparel, outdoor apparel, and activewear, among others — has purchased Norton, Mass.-based Tweave Inc, a manufacturer of two- and four-way stretch woven fabrics, and the first weaving mill globally to produce spandex fabrics.

“We know that Tweave stretch fabric has enormous potential in many of these markets,” said Skip Gehring, president, Gehring Textiles. “Tweave is well-known and respected in fashion, sports and intimate apparel, but demand for its specialty woven fabrics exists elsewhere. At Gehring we know of industrial, medical and upholstery applications, and we see a huge potential in combining it with our GehringGuard Protective Fabrics in other booming markets.”

Gehring will consolidate dyeing and finishing operations into its manufacturing facility in New York. Approximately 90 percent of Tweave’s 36-person weaving staff will continue working at Tweave’s plant in Massachusetts.

November 18, 2008