O’Mara Inc., Rutherford, N.C., has developed two new antimicrobial yarns, MicroFresh and SoleFresh,
which feature Spartanburg-based Milliken Chemical’s AlphaSan® antimicrobial agent for odor control.
O’Mara developed MicroFresh for activewear, while SoleFresh was designed for hosiery applications.
“We developed these new high-performance yarns in response to market demand for value-added
yarns that offer specific benefits to consumers,” said Tim O’Mara, manager. “We would like to
expand the use of AlphaSan antimicrobials to more of our yarn products. We have been testing
different applications in value-added areas such as automotive and industrial furniture coverings,
and have been extremely pleased with the results.