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Tarboro Textiles Acquires Glenoit Fabrics From Haixin

Red Bank, N.J.-based Concept III Textiles International - a developer and sourcer of fabric-based finished products for outdoor and activewear markets - has announced that its supplier Glenoit Fabrics (TT) Corp. Inc., Tarboro, N.C., has been sold by China-based Haixin Group Co. Ltd. to Tarboro Textiles LLC.

Glenoit was founded in the 1950s to produce sliver knit pile fabrics. Following bankruptcy reorganization in 2002, Haixin purchased Glenoit, and in subsequent years, Glenoit lost market share and reduced its output. In late 2005, Haixin announced plans to close the Tarboro plant, intending to move that production to China and Canada. To avert the closure, plant manager Jerry Howard and his staff formed Tarboro Textiles, taking over production and manufacturing Glenoit fabrics for Haixin on a contract basis, with a focus on customer-specific fabrics. By 2007, the operation had returned to profitability.

In a shift of its strategic focus, Haixin decided to terminate manufacturing in North America and entered into negotiations with Tarboro to transfer ownership of Glenoit. Tarboro has received financial backing from a local businessman and now controls Glenoit's operations, including production, customer interface and the company's relationship with Concept III, as well as all profits and losses.

Concept III has a longstanding relationship with Glenoit. In the mid-1990s, the two companies partnered to debut GlenPile performance piles and Berbers for outdoor and outerwear applications. Concept III has long been the source of a large portion of Glenoit's orders.

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