Duluth, Ga.-based FiberVisions Corp. recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of its Covington, Ga., plant. Built in 1966, its parent company — Hercules Inc., a producer of Herculon® branded polypropylene and polyester fibers used in mid-century furniture and carpets — had the goal of producing 25 million pounds of polypropylene fiber each year when the facility opened in 1967 to support Georgia’s carpet manufacturing industry.
During its 50 year history, the plant has adapted and its Herculon fibers now can be found in a wide variety of nonwovens applications including diapers, geotextiles, filters, wipes and tea bags, among other applications. In 1997, the fibers division of Hercules formed a joint venture company with Denmark-based Danaklon Group and FiberVisions came into being as a wholly owned subsidiary of Hercules in 1998. FiberVisions currently is owned by Indorama Ventures Public Co. Ltd.