Charlotte, N.C.-based nonwovens manufacturer Polymer Group Inc. (PGI) is investing $8 million to upgrade and expand its manufacturing plant in Waynesboro, Va. The company will also hire up to 20 new employees and refurbish more than 20,000 square feet of the plant, upgrading and improving the facility with state-of-the-art equipment.
The expenditure, along with last year’s acquisition of Fiberweb, expands PGI’s spunmelt capabilities and increases PGI’s filtration portfolio to include production and development assets for two nanofiber technologies. PGI will be one of the only nonwovens companies able to produce every component needed to make synthetic composites for enhanced mechanical filtration applications, and will initially target the HVAC, facemask, fluid power and automotive cabin air markets.
The Fiberweb acquisition made PGI the world’s leading manufacturer of nonwovens for the hygiene, healthcare, wipes and industrial markets.
Polymer Group Inc. operates 20 facilities in 13 countries with an employee base of approximately 4,000 employees.