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North Carolina Textile Investments To Provide 113 New Jobs

Two recent investments totaling more than $15 million promise to add 113 new textile jobs in North Carolina.

P&A Industrial Fabrications LLC — formed by former Collins & Aikman Corp. (C&A) employees Claude Pruitt and Jack Adams to acquire some of C&A’s industrial woven business following the closure of its automotive fabric division in Roxboro, N.C. — will invest more than $2.8 million and hire 65 workers to produce paint-roller fabric. A $70,000 One North Carolina Fund grant provided an incentive for the business to stay in Roxboro.

“This was a big endeavor for the two of us to put together, but it was made possible with our faith and the help of a number of people who wanted the project to stay here in Roxboro,” Adams said, citing a “well-trained workforce already in place in Roxboro as well as the state and local grants and other incentives.”

Global Textile Alliance Inc. (GTA), Colfax, N.C. — formed in 2001 to develop and market upholstery and mattress ticking products under the GTA brand — will invest $12.3 million to open a state-of-the-art plant in Reidsville, N.C., to manufacture mattress ticking. The project will add 48 employees to GTA’s existing workforce of 52 people in North Carolina. The company has received a $100,000 One North Carolina Fund grant to assist in the expansion. GTA will move its mattress ticking operation from mills in China and Indonesia, thereby eliminating the costs associated with duties and tariffs, and the need to comply with fabric quotas.

“[W]e are very excited about our current expansion plans,” said Steven M. Graven, chief operating officer and executive vice president, GTA, citing additional assistance from the Rockingham County Partnership for Economic and Tourism Development. “[W]e are committed to bringing stable and exciting employment to the area,” he added.

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