(L-R) Darryl Fournier, vice president, Fibertex N.A.); S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster; U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross; Oscar Fontalvo, president, Fibertex N.A.
U.S. Commerce Secretary Ross, S.C. Gov. McMaster tour Fibertex
Posted July 11, 2020
GRAY COURT, S.C. – U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster visited Fibertex Nonwovens here on June 5 in recognition of Fibertex’s rapid and comprehensive response to preventing the spread of coronavirus.
Fibertex expedited the response to the surging demand by working extensive overtime and adding staffing to support increased spunlace capacity for lifesaving products such as hard surface disinfecting wipes and face masks. The company is also adding needlepunch capacity, which will support the delivery of material for N95 masks.
“I’m grateful for the swift action Fibertex and your workforce took to respond to the COVID-19 emergency,” Secretary Ross said during his address to Fibertex employees, local dignitaries and the press. “Fibertex represents a model of how government and private sector can work together to respond to needs, drive innovation and renew this country’s long history of advanced manufacturing.”
The visit included a tour of the current spunlace operations as well as the new needlepunch operation, which adds capacity to Fibertex’s two production lines located in Illinois.
In his remarks to the team, Gov. McMaster recognized Fibertex employees as “what’s making this facility stand out in its nimbleness, vision and understanding.”
“Today is a great day for Fibertex and recognition for the Fibertex team – the hard work, the determination and the commitment to produce high-quality products to help the fight against COVID- 19,” said Oscar Fontalvo, president of Fibertex Nonwovens Inc.
Fontalvo also noted that future investments will reflect Fibertex’s dedication to the latest technologies and highly innovative products that will improve people’s lives and continue to bring progress to our communities.
With production facilities in the U.S., Denmark, Brazil, Czech Republic, Turkey, South Africa, and France, Fibertex is one of the largest nonwovens producers in the world.