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Suminoe Textile Opens New Facility, To Add Needlepunch Carpet Division

Gaffney, S.C.-based Suminoe Textile of America Corp. -- a manufacturer of textiles for the automotive market and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Japan-based Suminoe Textile Ltd. -- has invested $6.5 million in a new facility in Gaffney for its floormat production and shipping and receiving functions. The company also will add a Needlepunch Carpet Division to its existing facility beginning early February, when it will install an extruder and needlepunch line. The line is expected to be operational by late spring to early summer.

The expansion will create approximately 50 jobs, and the company anticipates it will start hiring in late February.

"We are excited about this expansion," said Satoru Kuninaka, president, Suminoe Textile of America. "Cherokee County has provided an excellent business environment for us, so we are pleased to continue growing our operations here. The new facility will allow us to add capacity and meet growing demand from our customers and clients. STA appreciates all the support we've received from state and local officials and we look forward to bringing this new plant online in Cherokee County. Our company will work hard to make a contribution to the U.S., more specifically to Cherokee County's economy through our efforts in the automotive industry."

January 26, 2010