Suminoe Textile To Expand Gaffney, S.C., Facility, Add 100 Jobs
Suminoe Textile of America Corp., Gaffney, S.C. — a manufacturer of textiles for automotive uses and a subsidiary of Suminoe Textile Ltd., Japan — is investing $5 million to expand needlepunch carpet capacity at its Gaffney facility and add 100 jobs including management positions, machine operators, forklift drivers and inspection operators.
Suminoe Textile of America established its Gaffney operations in 2003 with 10 employees, and most recently expanded the facility in 2010 (See “Suminoe Textile Opens New Facility, To Add Needlepunch Carpet Division,” TextileWorld.com, Jan. 26, 2010). The company now employs more than 400 people at that location.
“Suminoe is excited to continue growth at our United States facility in Cherokee County,” said Kathie Ledford human resources manager, Suminoe Textile of America. “They welcomed us with open arms 10 years ago and we appreciate the continued support of Cherokee County and the South Carolina Department of Commerce.”
Demand for needlepunched products in the automotive sector has risen, as manufacturers increasingly are substituting needlepunched nonwoven carpet for tufted nylon carpet in the interior because the nonwoven product is more economical to produce and offers benefits such as light weight, noise absorption and improved aesthetics.
April 8, 2014