Italy-based Nylstar has opened a state-of-the-art, $50-million production facility in Martinsville,
Va.The new plant can produce up to 50 million pounds per year of 15- to 200-denier nylon yarns.
Nylstar will manufacture many of its specialty Meryl® brand fully-oriented (FOY) and
partially-oriented yarns (POY) at the site
(See Quality Fabric Of The Month, TI, May 2001).Brand-new texturing and spinning machinery
for the plant was supplied by Germany-based Barmag AG. Nylstar sent 47 supervisors and line workers
to its French, Spanish and Italian locations to train on similar types of machines.At peak
operation, the 300,000-square-foot plant will employ 250 workers and operate 24 hours a day, seven
days a week.From having the most modern Barmag machines available, to training employees overseas,
to being CBI- and NAFTA-compliant, we set out for this plant to do one thing, and that is to
demonstrate to fabric and apparel manufacturers in the United States, Canada and Mexico that we are
committed to nylon in North America. In other words, were committed to their business like no other
yarn producer in the world, said Dina Dunn, vice president of marketing for Nylstars North American
operations, Greensboro, N.C.