American & Efird invests in U.S. manufacturing platform
Posted October 14, 2020
MOUNT HOLLY, N.C. – American & Efird (A&E), the largest supplier of sewing thread and specialty yarns in the U.S. and second largest supplier in the world, announced its continued investment in the company’s extensive U.S. manufacturing platform.
A&E operates as part of Elevate Textiles, a portfolio of leading textile brands, including American & Efird, Burlington, Cone Denim, Gütermann and Safety Components.
“A&E was founded nearly 130 years ago in Gaston County, N.C., and our roots remain here today,” said Mark Hatton, managing director, American & Efird Americas. “We are very excited to continue investing in our operations, employees and the community that have supported us so well over the years. We are driving forward to vertically integrate and upgrade our U.S. operations offering new products and manufacturing initiatives that continue to provide our customers the newest innovations and highest quality threads and yarns, with a focus on sustainability and responsible manufacturing practices.”
American & Efird currently operates five manufacturing facilities and its division offices in Gaston County.
“Our Gaston County operations comprise the vast majority of our U.S. platform and are a critical part of A&E’s overall global manufacturing footprint, allowing us to service our customers across many regions according to specific needs,” Hatton added. “We appreciate the support of the Gaston County Economic Development Commission and the City of Gastonia in our efforts to invest in operations and work to maintain a competitive infrastructure to service regional needs of our customers, which include threads and yarns for the U.S. Military, healthcare, hygiene and other technical and specialty markets based out of the U.S.”
A&E manufacturing capabilities are completely vertical, from raw cotton and other fibers through the spinning, winding, dyeing and finishing of its threads and specialty yarns. An industry leader in product innovation, quality and sustainability, A&E is known for its superior dyeing capabilities, color matching and high-performance sustainable products.
In further U.S. investment, A&E completed the purchase of the Charles Craft high-performance yarn business earlier this month, which included the assets of the Charles Craft manufacturing operation in Hamer, S.C. This acquisition broadens A&E’s product offering related to thermal protection, cut-resistant and flame-retardant yarns and expands the company’s U.S. platform and manufacturing capabilities. The Hamer plant will operate as part of the American & Efird U.S. manufacturing platform.
“We honor our A&E history and take seriously our obligation to our customers, community and employees,” Hatton said. “In the Spirit of A&E’s history and legacy, we remain focused on providing the most innovative and responsibly produced threads and yarns. We value our longstanding customer relationships and look forward to growing new relationships through expanded products and textile solutions across our U.S. and global platforms.”
Source: American & Efird
"We are driving forward to vertically integrate and upgrade our U.S. operations offering new products and manufacturing initiatives that continue to provide our customers the newest innovations and highest quality threads and yarns, with a focus on sustainability and responsible manufacturing practices.”
American & Efird Americas