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Parkdale Adds Capacity

With recent Rieter R 40 installation in Walnut Cove, NC, Parkdale plant increases production by 250 percent.

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Left to right: Ueli Schmid, Rieter Corp., Anderson Warlick, Parkdale Inc., and Martin Folini, Rieter Textile Systems, at the ribbon cutting held to celebrate the installation of R 40 rotor-spinning machines at Parkdale's Plant #26.

R ieter recently installed 48 500-position R 40 rotor-spinning machines at Parkdale Inc.'s Plant #26 in Walnut Cove, N.C. According to Rieter executives, the 24,000-position order is the largest single R 40 order to date, and represents one of the largest single orders ever by a sales-yarn manufacturer.

"The R 40 is a fast-running machine and is the longest rotor-spinning machine in the world at this time," said a Rieter representative. "For the space they had available, Parkdale felt this was the best machine to put in because you get the most pounds out of the existing facility. An important factor for Parkdale is the automation concept of the R 40, which can handle up to four robots, including AEROpiecing for yarn-like piecing."
Rieter presented a Swiss Mountain Crystal to Parkdale to thank the company for its machinery order.

During ribbon-cutting ceremonies held to celebrate the installation, Dr. Martin Folini, CEO of Rieter Textile Systems, Switzerland, said: "Part of this success was that we were able to combine a good, reliable machine with an excellent box that produces quality yarn. That was a big selling point for [Parkdale]."

According to Parkdale CEO Anderson Warlick, the Gastonia, N.C.-based sales yarn spinner has been evaluating options with Rieter for several years. "This one machine with 500 spindles gives us a greater capacity to push across this floor space and gives us a payback," he said.

Warlick presents Folini with a yarn package produced on the first R 40 installed at Plant #26.

During a lunch held after the ribbon cutting, Folini presented Warlick with a Swiss Mountain Crystal to show Rieter's appreciation for the order. In return, Warlick presented Folini with a yarn package produced on the first new R 40 installed at Plant #26.

The 200,000-square-foot Walnut Cove plant employs approximately 80 people and manufactures 100-percent cotton yarn.

The addition of the R 40 machines provides the capacity to increase production by about 250 percent, according to Parkdale executives.

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