Greensboro, N.C.-based textured yarn manufacturer Unifi Inc. and Kingstree, S.C.-based Palmetto
Synthetics LLC — a manufacturer of polyester, nylon, and other specialty man-made staple fibers —
have signed a manufacturing and distribution agreement under which Palmetto Synthetics will
purchase Unifi’s REPREVE® chip — produced at Unifi’s Repreve Recycling Center in Yadkinville, N.C.
— and process it into staple fiber to be sold under the Repreve name. The agreement was inked with
the intention of providing the textile industry with a U.S.-made staple fiber product option.
Repreve products produced by Palmetto will be available as either natural or solution-dyed
polyester staple fiber, and will be compliant with both the North American Free Trade Agreement and
the Berry Amendment.
“We have a shared vision with Unifi to provide the textile industry with high quality,
innovative products, which led us to this supply relationship,” said David Poston, vice president,
Palmetto Synthetics. “We have seen a big shift in inquiries for a domestically made recycled fiber,
and this initiative with Unifi allows us to amplify our domestic efforts.”
Unifi’s Repreve chip products have been certified for recycled content by Emeryville,
Calif.-based Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) Global Services and also have been certified to
SCS’s Responsible Source™ standard for responsible production and compliance with environmental and
Palmetto Synthetics will discontinue its NatureSpun® recycled fiber product and replace
production with Repreve recycled fiber.
July 30, 2013