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Globaltex Moves Operations From Mexico To Virginia

Globaltex Inc., Davidson, N.C., has moved its entire production operation from Mexico to Martinsville, Va., to take advantage of shortened lead times and proximity to its suppliers and customers. Founded in 1994 as a manufacturer of chenille yarns for US upholstery fabric manufacturers, the company benefited from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) by using US-supplied polypropylene, acrylic and polyester to produce the yarns in its factory in Mexico. Early this year, it opened a facility in Martinsville, taking over a former VF Activewear plant that had closed the previous year. Globaltex plans to invest more than $5.2 million in its Martinsville operation over a 30-month period, ultimately employing 154 workers there. It also has received more than $600,000 in government grants and job training funding.

Governor Mark Warner (left) presents a Commonwealth of Virginia flag to Jose Antonio Diaz-Llaneza.

"We have always bought our materials in the United States, and we are firm believers in NAFTA because it works both ways," said Jose Antonio Diaz-Llaneza, president and CEO, Globaltex, "but being closer to our suppliers and customers is a big advantage, and Virginia is a great place to do business." He said the company's polypropylene supplier, Drake Extrusion, is located just two miles from the new plant. "We have reduced our lead times from five weeks to three, and to just one week if there's an emergency," he added.

"The availability of experienced textile workers from VF Activewear and Pillowtex [which went out of business last year] also has helped us a great deal," he said, "as has all the help from the Commonwealth of Virginia with training."

Diaz-Llaneza said Globaltex is proceeding on schedule with its US plan, and expects its workforce to total more than 50 by early September. The plant in Mexico is now closed, and its machinery and equipment are being installed at the Martinsville plant.

September 2004