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Frontier, Cheraw Merge Businesses

Frontier Spinning Mills Inc., Sanford, N.C., and Cheraw, S.C.-based Cheraw Yarn Mills have merged their businesses. Cheraw now operates as a division of Frontier, retaining its name and management team, according to Bill Malloy, Cheraw’s vice president.

“We’re pretty excited about the merger,” Malloy said, adding that the two companies are a “ good fit” for each other. He explained that Cheraw spins open-end cotton, polyester/cotton and polyester yarns for specialized, niche applications, while Frontier — which spins cotton and cotton/blend yarns using open-end, air-jet and vortex machinery — is more volume-oriented.

Cheraw will retain all of its employees, who number approximately 165, and also plans to install new equipment, Malloy added.

Frontier operates seven other plants in various locations in North Carolina and Alabama, and employs approximately 1,500 people, not including those at Cheraw.

The merger with Cheraw comes on the heels of Frontier’s acquisition of the Columbus, Ga.-based denim spinning operation of Swift Galey, an Atlanta-based apparel, home and hospitality textiles manufacturer. Frontier will move the machinery from that operation to plants in North Carolina, and will spin yarn for Swift Galey’s denim fabrics.

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