Textile machinery company John D Hollingsworth on Wheels has sold its international operations for an undisclosed amount to German equipment maker Trutzschler Group.

Included in the sale are plants in Germany, Brazil and Mexico as well as a sales and service office in Britain that together employed about 200.

Hollingsworth on Wheels has been unable to find a buyer for its US operations which include a 320-worker plant in Greenville County and four sales and service operations in the United States and Canada.

Irving T "Buck" Welling Jr said proceeds of the sale will be used as capital and to pay debt. He said Hollingsworth on Wheels is "still a viable company."