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Burlington Expands Raeford Plant

Burlington WorldWide, the apparel fabrics business of International Textile Group Inc., Greensboro, N.C., will invest approximately $7 million to expand its plant in Raeford, N.C., adding 65 jobs to its military dress uniform fabric dyeing and finishing operation.

“We are delighted to expand our operations at the Raeford plant,” said Michael Ambler, executive vice president of manufacturing, Burlington WorldWide. “This is a wonderful facility, and we have extremely capable employees that will allow us to successfully grow our operation and establish an efficient and competitive domestic manufacturing platform.”

The expansion follows Burlington’s recently announced plan to move production from its Hurt, Va., dyeing and finishing operation to other facilities. The company made the decision to close the Hurt plant, which employs approximately 500 workers, based on reduced market demand for the man-made and worsted wool apparel fabrics processed at that plant.

Incentives for the expansion included a $100,000 One North Carolina Fund grant, local matches from the City of Raeford and Hoke County, and additional assistance from the N.C. Department of Commerce.

Burlington will relocate the Hurt plant’s man-made fabric dyeing and finishing operation to its plant in Burlington, N.C. The company expects to complete the transition from Hurt to the other facilities around May or June 2007.

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