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Fiber company plans S.C. plant

Staff Report
Published Dec. 7, 2012

Sarla Performance Fibers, a producer of yarn and threads, announced it will locate new operations in Colleton County.

The $13.8 million investment is expected to generate 100 new jobs.

“Colleton County offers us an excellent business environment, skilled workforce talent, exceptional market access and close proximity to the Port of Charleston. We appreciate all the support we’ve received from state and local officials in bringing this project to fruition,” said Bobby Downs, executive vice president of Sarla Performance Fibers.

Sarla Performance Fibers, which is based in Mumbai, India, will establish a new yarn and thread manufacturing facility in Colleton County under the name Sarlaflex, located at the industrial park in Walterboro. The facility will serve customers in the apparel and upholstery markets. The new plant is expected to begin operations by May 2013.

The company will begin hiring for the new positions in January. Anyone interested in jobs with the company should contact the human resources department at the facility, 1497 Industrial Road in Walterboro.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved a rural infrastructure grant of $500,000 and approved job development credits, which will be available when hiring targets are met.