Glen Raven to Open Plant for Sunbrella Specialty Yarns

BURLINGTON, N.C.--Glen Raven Custom Fabrics has begun work on a new facility for manufacturing yarns for its Sunbrella fabrics to be located here.

The plant, representing an investment of $10 million, will be located in a 130,000 square-foot facility that formerly served as Glen Raven's Ultra Spun division. It is being retrofitted with automated yarn-manufacturing systems and configured around a manufacturing model engineered to support high levels of flexibility and customization. It is expected to be completed in summer 2013.

A Glen Raven statement said the new facility is a response to "customer requests for increasingly diverse and highly decorative Sunbrella fabrics." Allen Gant Jr., the company's president and CEO, said, "Innovation remains the driving force at Glen Raven, and this latest investment will assure that we are applying the latest technology within a creatively designed production environment."

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