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Highland Industries To Expand Cheraw, S.C., Plant

Highland Industries Inc., Kernersville, N.C., will invest $4.1 million to expand its Cheraw, S.C., manufacturing facility and add 24 jobs over the next two years. The company reports increased customer demand for its technical fabrics, which are used in products including automotive parts, military tents and backpacks, rockets, and roofing, among other products.

The fabrics are woven or knitted on state-of- the-art equipment at the Cheraw plant, which offers fabric forming and aqueous coating capabilities.

“We have long been committed to South Carolina. Continued investment in our manufacturing capabilities and our people here is the key to our future success,” said Scott Burkhart, the company’s director of manufacturing.

Highland Industries is owned by Takata Corp., a Japan-based manufacturer of automotive safety systems. The company celebrated the 50th anniversary of its Cheraw facility in 2012, and notes that it maintains zero- landfill status in all of its manufacturing processes.

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