Nonwovens major Polymer Group Inc. is building a new headquarters to accommodate growth.
Polymer Group will relocate from its North Charleston, S.C., base to Charlotte, N.C., by August, the company said in a Feb. 16 news release.
The move will put the firm closer to its Mooresville, N.C., plant, which is undergoing a $40 million expansion. Polymer Group is installing a new spun melt line there to provide finer-denier products for hygiene and industrial markets. The new Reifenhauser line should begin operating in the second quarter, said Dennis Norman, vice president of planning and communications. The project will create about 50 jobs.
``We are implementing plans to grow in every major region of the world,'' Chief Executive Officer James Schaeffer said in a news release last year.
In China, Polymer Group is building a new plant in Suzhou that it claims will make the company the largest spun melt producer in that country and the only vertically integrated maker of medical fabric. The facility will house a Reifenhauser line, mainly making products for hygiene and medical markets. Also to be installed is a finishing line to make treated medical fabrics. Production is set to begin in the third quarter.
Also in China, Polymer Group is adding a chemical bonding line in Nanhai.
Geared to hygiene and medical markets, the new technology will broaden the firm's product line in China to include sublayer products previously imported from Polymer Group sites in the United States and Europe. The bonding line is about to begin operation.
``The new location in Suzhou will add capacity right where our customers need it, and the technology expansion at Nanhai will enhance our ability to provide the region with a broader base of products,'' Schaeffer said.