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Four Leaf Textiles Expands Shamrock Production

Four Leaf Textiles ExpandsShamrock ProdcutionFour Leaf Textiles, Charlotte, N.C., recently announced a major expansion of its Shamrock production facility, Spindale, N.C. Four Leaf manufactures colored ring-spun cotton specialty yarns for use in high-end underwear, T-shirts and other casual and active wear.According to the company, the $4-million expansion will double the capacity of the Shamrock plant, which was formerly operated by Stonecutter Mills, and will create more than 100 jobs.Since Four Leafs startup in July 1998, the company has announced three other major expansions and invested more than $25 million. The company plans to increase its weekly production capacity from 400,000 pounds to more than 550,000 pounds by July 1, 2000.The expansion of the Spindale facility is significant for two reasons, said David Roberts, CEO, Four Leaf. First, it expands our ability to service and meet the ever-increasing demand for specialty yarn. Secondly, the expansion allows us to further impact the local economy by expanding job opportunities here.With support from Stonecutter, Four Leaf is now accepting applications from former employees. According to the company, the additional 110 new positions are in the areas of carding, spinning and winding and will increase total employment to approximately 170.Although we hope to attract people experienced in textiles, we also have developed special training programs for those new to the industry, Roberts said.May 2000