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Valdese Weavers To Expand Capabilities

Valdese, N.C.-based jacquard contract and residential upholstery fabrics maker Valdese Weavers LLC is expanding its manufacturing, information technology and design capabilities.

“We’ve been very fortunate to serve a combination of several niches that have been very successful this past year,” said Michael Shelton, president and CEO. “I believe that this growth has occurred because our customers recognize the value-added that Valdese Weavers is able to provide them relative to our competition. Not only does this value reside in the style and performance characteristics of our fabrics, but also within the technology we utilize.”

The expansion includes the purchase of 16 new Dornier weaving machines equipped with Stäubli jacquard heads to replace four wide-width machines. The looms will improve productivity by 30 to 40 percent, Shelton said.
New yarn-dyeing and fabric-finishing equipment will add flexibility and capacity within those operations, allowing the company to respond to small-scale demands. Upgrades include implementation of an Adaptive dyehouse control system, said Carson Copeland, senior vice president of manufacturing.

Valdese also is upgrading design equipment and purchasing a computer-aided design workstation that uses EAT software, Copeland said. It also is adding functionality to its SAP enterprise resource planning system and considering future system upgrades.

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