TSG Expands Pre-shrink And Softening Capacity
Philadelphia-based commission textile finisher TSG Finishing LLC has expanded capacity on its specialty finishing range in Hickory, N.C., to enable increased pre-shrinking and softening of natural- and man-made-fiber fabrics.
TSG has been shrinking and softening wool fabrics since its founding in 1901, starting with men’s suiting fabrics, and in the last 30-plus years has been treating wool dress uniform fabric for the U.S. Armed Forces, said Brian Rosenstein, a member of the family that has owned the business since its beginnings. “It’s natural that we increase our capabilities based upon the equipment and uniqiue technology that has served us so well over the years,” he added.
The company reports its processing machinery is specifically designed to enable shrinkage of fabrics in a tensionless environment while at the same time softening them. Other applications can be added including abrasion enhancers, antimicrobials, flame retardants, stain repellents and other proprietary technologies.
“The growth trend that wool and other natural fibers are experiencing reflects a need for domestic finishing options,” said Bud Styles, director of sales, TSG. He noted that the use of wool fabrics of all kinds has surged in the last five years for a range of applications, and the company is focusing on areas such as apparel, wall covering, home fashions, filtration and other specialty applications — which include geotextiles, ballistics, automotive and industrial.
“The interesting thing we are seeing is that a process originally engineered for wool fabrics is doing remarkable things for other natural fibers as well as synthetics,” Styles added. “The finish we apply has much broader applications than ever thought.”
July 22, 2014