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January 26, 2022

Fiber Industries expansion backed by Rural Development Fund

US textiles manufacturer Fiber Industries has announced plans to expand operations in Darlington County, South Carolina, aided by a Rural Infrastructure Fund grant.

By Fi Forrest

Fiber Industries says its expansion includes increased capacity through the restoration and modernisation of production lines, state-of-the-art control systems and increased warehouse space. The company expects to complete the expansion project in early 2023 and create over 50 new jobs.   

The South Carolina Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to the expansion project and awarded Darlington County a US$300,000 Rural Infrastructure Fund grant to assist with the costs. Rural Business Development Grant money is used for projects that benefit rural areas or towns outside the urban area of any city with a population of 50,000 or more.

CEO Don Bockoven said in a company statement: “ We are proud to be part of the wider effort to reshore jobs and bring textile manufacturing back to the USA. We thank the state of South Carolina as well as Darlington County for their unwavering support.”   

Darlington County Council Chair Bobby Hudson added: “Fiber Industries’ … commitment to excellence has allowed them to grow and, to date, create nearly 300 full-time jobs. Fiber Industries’ expansion announcement of more than $30m and over 50 new jobs is great news. We celebrate their decision to continue to invest in Darlington County. We are proud to have Fiber Industries as one of Darlington County’s leading manufacturers and their significant contributions to our quality of life and business-friendly community. We look forward to their continued success.”

Fiber Industries produce polyester staple fibre for high-end performance fabrics, workwear, knit goods, and the automotive industry, and currently employs more than 300 workers.   

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