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Tietex Interiors Expands US Capacity With Purchase Of ITG Plant

Citing the advantages of maintaining domestic manufacturing capabilities, High Point, N.C.-based Tietex Interiors (TI) announced it has purchased a 300,000-square-foot weaving plant located in Matkins, N.C., from Greensboro, N.C.-based International Textile Group Inc. (ITG). TI is a subsidiary of Spartanburg-based Tietex International Ltd., a vertically integrated manufacturer of engineered fabrics for industrial, commercial, home furnishings, decorative and specialty applications. In addition to its US operations, the company maintains a manufacturing plant in Thailand and a joint venture in Mexico. It is setting up a distribution center in the Netherlands.

Calling the acquisition of the Matkins facility a smart strategic move, Mike Durham, president, TI, explained many of the companys customers are worried about continuing to have a domestic supply base. He said TI will play a significant role for many customers who are not commodity-driven, and others who care about design, fashion, speed-to-market and the true benefits of lean manufacturing.

Durham noted that despite pricing advantages from Asia, there also are disadvantages including large inventories, product obsolescence, long lead times and lack of customization. He said keeping a strong domestic operation would allow TI to respond more readily to customer needs and changing upholstery fashions, also noting TI's capability to quickly supply small lot sizes.

"We can sell 50 yards of fabric [ from TIs US production base], whereas an order coming from China would require a 1,000- to 3,000-yard minimum," Durham said.

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