from the Lincoln County, N.C., Board of Commissioners, Carolina Nonwovens Corp. (CNC), Lincolnton,
N.C., will open a 33,000-square-foot facility in the Indian Creek Industrial Park in that city. An
initial $4.2 million investment will enable CNC to hire 15 employees, with the hope of hiring an
additional 12 in the near future; and to install a state-of-the-art Laroche airlay line supplied by
Cornelius, N.C.-based Allertex of America.
The line will manufacture thermobonded nonwovens for a wide range of industrial and consumer
products, making them stronger, lighter-weight and less expensive than conventional products,
according to John Gearhart, vice president, CNC. The company, which has developed several
proprietary products for its customers, will process natural and recycled fibers.
“This new facility is the culmination of intensive market research and product development
over the past 18 months,” said Fred Fink, president, CNC. “The Lincolnton Economic Development
Association team has been instrumental in attracting Carolina Nonwovens to the area. The CNC
management team is excited about locating in Lincolnton with its strong labor pool and convenient
access to our customer base. We expect the new facility to ramp up production no later than May
2007,” he added.