Fibertex Nonwovens Inc. will expand its operations in Laurens County with a $49.5 million investment. The move is expected to create 39 jobs.
Founded in 2016, Fibertex operates a spunlace production line, manufacturing products primarily for the wipes industry, according to a news release.
“Market trends are finding support in the added focus on health and hygiene, more emphasis on local production and on sustainability, which is to our benefit,” Jorgen Bech Madsen, CEO of Fibertex Nonwovens Inc., said in the news release. “With this new investment, we’ll be able to build an extremely strong position in the important North American market for, among other things, high-performance wipes for sanitizing and disinfection purposes in the healthcare/medical sector, sustainable personal care products, a range of industrial applications, as well as in the automotive industry and the construction sector.”
Located at 100 Iso Parkway in Gray Court, the Fibertex expansion will include a second spunlace production line for rolled nonwoven fiber products. Fibertex also acquired an 84-acre industrial plot adjacent to the company’s existing facilities.
“Laurens County continues to be a place where business thrives, especially international businesses such as Fibertex,” Laurens County Council Chairman Brown Patterson said in the release. “We are excited about their continued growth in Laurens County and the opportunities they are creating for our citizens. We look forward to continuing our already great relationship with their fine company.”
The expansion is expected to be completed by 2023.
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development awarded Laurens County a $100,000 Rural Infrastructure Fund grant to assist with costs related to the project.
“South Carolina’s world-class workforce and pro-business climate have made our state a prime location for industries of all types,” Commerce Secretary Bobby Hitt said in the release. “As a result, various sectors within our borders continue to thrive, and we congratulate Fibertex on their growth in Laurens County.”