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SwissTex America Opens Headquarters In Dalton, GA

SwissTex America Inc. recently celebrated the opening of its new headquarters in Dalton, Ga., with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, reception and tours of the facility, which includes a logistics center, warehouse, field technician services and administrative offices.

The company is the North American subsidiary of the SwissTex group comprising SwissTex Winterthur AG, Switzerland — a manufacturer of extrusion lines for bulked continuous filament (BCF) and technical and industrial continuous filament applications — and SwissTex France S.a.s. — a manufacturer of twisting, assembling, cabling, covering and winding machinery for technical and textile yarn markets. SwissTex invested $1.2 million to renovate the facility, and expects soon to add three employees to its current workforce of nearly 20 people.

Holding the scissors, Elichai Hoenig and André Leinert cut the ribbon to open SwissTex America's new headquarters, while employees and invited dignitaries look on.

The facility's main business is to supply new machinery to customers in the carpet and technical textiles market, but Elichai Hoenig, president, SwissTex America, said the Dalton facility also will offer refurbishing services for twisting machines, among other activities. "This service will help customers increase productivity and save energy. On the same footprint, a customer can increase capacity 20 to 50 percent, and the cost of a 50-percent increase is 12 percent of the cost of new machinery."

Hoenig previously was head of PrimeTex Technology, SwissTex Winterthur's earlier U.S. business, which now is integrated into SwissTex America.

André Leinert, CEO, SwissTex Winterthur, said the company is exploring locations for new manufacturing sites, including possibly in the United States, because the strength of the Swiss franc vis à vis the euro and the U.S. dollar presents challenges to the business. "The U.S. workforce has good technical skills, and there are good components available to build into machines. Because the biggest BCF market is the United States, it could be a good alternative to manufacture machinery here and export it to other parts of the world," he said.

September/October 2011