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Glen Raven To Open Specialty Sunbrella® Yarn Plant, Add 30 Jobs

Glen Raven Custom Fabrics, a division of Glen Raven, N.C.-based Glen Raven Inc., will open a specialty Sunbrella® yarn plant in Burlington, N.C.

The company is investing $10 million to retrofit a 130,000-square-foot facility that previously housed its Ultra Spun division operations. The new Burlington Yarn plant will be equipped with a modular, highly automated yarn manufacturing system that features lean manufacturing processes and state-of-the-art air handling systems. The yarns produced will be woven into Sunbrella fabrics at Glen Raven's Anderson, S.C., fabric facility.

"This new yarn plant will enhance our ability to meet the market's growing demand for Sunbrella fabrics in fashion-oriented colors and styles," said Randy Blackston, vice president of operations, Glen Raven Custom Fabrics. "The process of design engineering and machine selection began two years ago and will result in a unique operation focused on specialty, blended and novelty yarns for Sunbrella fabrics."

Glen Raven will transfer 50 employees from its Burlington Link Spinning facility to the new plant, and will add 30 new jobs.

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