Aquafil USA To Expand In Cartersville, Ga., Create 100 Jobs
Cartersville, Ga.-based carpet yarn manufacturer Aquafil USA — the U.S. subsidiary of Italy-based Aquafil S.p.A. — is investing $20 million to $25 million to expand its operations by approximately 50 percent and add 100 new associates to its current workforce of 284 people.
The U.S. subsidiary opened its doors in Cartersville in 1999, starting out as a distributor of fiber imported from Europe, with a small reprocessing and finishing operation. According to President and CEO Franco Rossi, who is one of three original employees, the company began manufacturing fibers in 2006. “In 2006, our company finally decided to put a larger and more significant footprint in the North American market, and so we started to install fiber extrusion equipment,” Rossi said. “We’ve gone through four expansions now, with more fiber extrusion and processing equipment added each time.”
Aquafil USA manufactures bulk continuous filament (BCF) nylon 6 yarn, 99 percent of which is solution-dyed, to carpet makers mostly in North and West Georgia including the Dalton and LaGrange areas. Rossi said the company has a very strong position in the carpet tile sector. Approximately 40 percent of its yarn is made using Aquafil’s ECONYL® fiber with 100-percent-recycled content. Econyl resin is manufactured in Europe using post-consumer recycled fishing nets and carpet, and post-industrial waste.
The current expansion is already underway and will increase the company’s annual production capacity from 35 million pounds to more than 50 million pounds. In addition to expanding its existing 312,000-square-foot manufacturing facility, the company will equip a second facility in another building it is refurbishing in Cartersville. Rossi said the project should be fully implemented in the next six months.
March 25, 2014