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Karl Mayer Merges US Operations

Karl Mayer North America (NA), also known as Mayer Textile Machine Corp., the US subsidiary of Germany-based textile machinery manufacturer Karl Mayer Textilmaschinenfabrik, has consolidated its US operations at its 60,000-square-foot Greensboro, N.C., facility and has closed its plant in Clifton, N.J. According to the company, the decision to consolidate in Greensboro was based on that location's proximity to the core of the North American textile market as well as its superior environment for business and for its employees.

According to Tony Hooimeijer, president, Karl Mayer NA, who moved with the Clifton operation to Greensboro, the consolidation allows the company to better respond to the needs of the US textile industry, which he notes has become highly niche-oriented.

The US operation includes sales, service and parts distribution for the company's machinery - which comprises warp knitting, weft insertion, beam preparation, sizing and composite stitch bonding - as well as capabilities for machine customization and testing, component repair and reconditioning, and change part manufacturing. Karl Mayer opened its original plant in Clifton in 1956 and added the Greensboro location in 1968.

In preparing for the consolidation, the company has expanded the Greensboro office, and upgraded the plant infrastructure and information technology capabilities. It also has added more than 25 employees, including 15 who relocated from the Clifton facility, bringing the total to approximately 50 employees.

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