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Nylstar Opens North American Nylon Production Facility

Italy-based Nylstar has opened a state-of-the-art, $50-million production facility in Martinsville, Va.The new plant can produce up to 50 million pounds per year of 15- to 200-denier nylon yarns. Nylstar will manufacture many of its specialty Meryl® brand fully-oriented (FOY) and partially-oriented yarns (POY) at the site (See Quality Fabric Of The Month, TI, May 2001).Brand-new texturing and spinning machinery for the plant was supplied by Germany-based Barmag AG. Nylstar sent 47 supervisors and line workers to its French, Spanish and Italian locations to train on similar types of machines.At peak operation, the 300,000-square-foot plant will employ 250 workers and operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.From having the most modern Barmag machines available, to training employees overseas, to being CBI- and NAFTA-compliant, we set out for this plant to do one thing, and that is to demonstrate to fabric and apparel manufacturers in the United States, Canada and Mexico that we are committed to nylon in North America. In other words, were committed to their business like no other yarn producer in the world, said Dina Dunn, vice president of marketing for Nylstars North American operations, Greensboro, N.C.

November 2001