Burlington, N.C.-based Pioneer Plant — established in 1923 as the first manufacturing plant for
Burlington Industries, now part of Greensboro, N.C.-based International Textile Group Inc. (ITG), —
is getting a new life under new ownership, with a continuation of operations as a new company run
by the former operation’s management team.
The plant has been purchased from ITG by a unit of Lee Properties, High Point, N.C. The
former ITG manufacturing operation, which includes yarn and warp preparation, has been purchased by
Burlington Manufacturing Services Inc. (BMS), headed by former Burlington and ITG executive Robert
Sills. BMS, which offers technical and production solutions to textile manufacturers and employs
some 100 people, is leasing space in the facility, as is American Yarn, a company formed last year
that has taken over the warping and warp drawing part of the operation.
“Increased needs for short runs and reduced lead times complicated by inventory and costs
constraints are creating new challenges for today’s domestic manufacturers,” Sills said. “Going
forward, BMS will offer companies R&D expertise, product development and advanced equipment
capabilities that lower costs and provide quick-turn solutions.”
Pierre Simmen, president, American Yarn, said the two companies, while separate, will work as
partners. “By sharing knowledge and common resources, American Yarn is confident that the Pioneer
Facility will provide … synergy and create a competitive advantage that is mutually beneficial to
all parties involved ….”
American Yarn employs 15 people and plans to add about 30 new employees over the next two
years. “We’re installing new equipment as fast as we can,” Simmen said.