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UFS Announces Prisma Facility Expansion

Universal Fiber Systems LLC (UFS) — a Bristol, Va.-based manufacturer of solution-dyed fibers and yarns for carpet, upholstery, automotive, industrial and other textile applications — is investing $8 million to expand its Prisma Fibers facility.

In connection with the expansion, UFS already has added twisting and heat-setting capacity and currently employs 12 people in those operations. Over the course of the coming year, the company will install additional twisting, heat-setting and one-step extrusion capacity, and will hire 82 new employees.

Howard Bartholomay, director of human resources at UFS, said the expansion is proceeding ahead of schedule and noted the new machinery will allow the company to expand its customer base. “ The addition of twisting and heat-setting machinery gives us the opportunity to get into residential-type carpet yarn constructions,” he said.

The expansion is made possible in part by a $200,000 grant from the Governor’s Opportunity Fund and another $200,000 grant from the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission’s Tobacco Region Opportunity Funds. In addition, the Virginia Department of Business Assistance has made training assistance available through its Workforce Services Jobs Investment Program. Because the company is expanding in an enterprise zone, it also may receive benefits from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development.

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