12-15-2020 – Textile company opening plant in Lenoir

Posted on: December 15th, 2020 by admin


December 15, 2020



By Guy Lucas guylucas@newstopicnews.com

Dec 15, 2020 Updated 1 hr ago

An industrial textile manufacturer says it plans to open a new plant in Lenoir making “narrow fabrics,” including webbing and binding tape.


MMI Textiles Inc., based in Cleveland, Ohio, announced what it called a major expansion of its operations, a 30,000-square-foot plant that will open at 652 Nuway Circle in Lenoir in the first quarter of 2021. MMI describes itself as a global diversified supplier of industrial and custom fabrics and textile components with military, tactical, medical, commercial and apparel expertise.


MMI President and Founder Amy Bircher said in a press release that the company will invest in new equipment for the plant. The company did not say how much it will spend on the new plant and equipment.


“We believe this significant investment – especially at a time when businesses around the globe are being challenged as never before – demonstrates our agility as an always-on, end-to-end provider and producer of innovative customer solutions,” Bircher said.


Deborah Murray, the executive director of the Caldwell County Economic Development Commission, said that MMI’s equipment will include modern, advanced looms.


“Textile is part of our history here, but this is a totally different take on it,” she said.


The plant will house both MMI Textiles’ manufacturing operation and a textile printing operation for Mikan Printing, a partner company, the press release said. The two operations will be integrated under one roof to ensure quality control and timely delivery.


In October the Caldwell County Board of Commissioners approved offering job-creation incentives to MMI and Mikan of $2,000 for each new job they create, up to a total of 12 jobs for MMI and eight for Mikan. At the time, MMI was identified publicly only as Project M&M, and Mikan was identified only as Project Toucan. The incentives would be paid to the companies only after the companies provide documentation of jobs being filled and maintained for a specified period.


Katie Seel, a spokeswoman for MMI, said that MMI will begin with three or so jobs at the new plant and build from there.


Murray said that although the number of new jobs is small to start, “it will be further diversification of our economy.”


The new plant will focus on manufacturing and printing narrow fabrics, including a full line of webbing and binding tape products that meet military specifications, MMI said in the press release. The main driver behind the new operation is MMI’s CTEdge Printed Narrow Fabrics webbing and binding tape woven with different color threads that allow the border to blend into the materials behind it.

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