Elevate Textiles Inc's American & Efird (A&E) division has struck a deal to acquire the high performance yarn business of Charles Craft Inc, a manufacturer and distributor of flame and cut-resistant industrial yarns.

The purchase, the terms of which were not disclosed, is expected to close in early October.

The combination of the brands expands A&E's product offering related to thermal protection, cut resistant and flame retardant yarns. The purchase includes the assets of the Charles Craft manufacturing operation in Hamer, South Carolina, which will operate as part of the American & Efird US manufacturing platform.

"Charles Craft is a respected brand in the industry known for its high-end industrial yarns and quality service to the safety apparel markets. Bringing together these two longstanding brands benefits both and allows us to support our combined customer base with an expanded product offering and enhanced technical expertise, all with the same reliable service they expect," said Mark Hatton, managing director American & Efird Americas.

Frank Buie, vice president of sales for Charles Craft, will join American & Efird as part of the sales management team.

"Becoming part of the larger A&E brand provides new life and longevity to our well-known technical yarns, while offering new opportunities for our employees and customers. We are committed to a very smooth transition for our customers and look forward to greater collaboration and synergies ahead."