Indian textile major Shrivallabh Pittie Group is investing $70m to build its first manufacturing facility in the US.

The new plant at the Screven County Industrial Park near Sylvania in Georgia will create 250 jobs, and is thought to be the biggest single investment in US cotton yarn sector in decades.

It will manufacture a range of different counts of carded cotton yarn and production will be flexible in order to meet market demand. It will use class-leading machinery and benefit from economies of scale as the entire capacity will be based at one location.

The company will also utilise synergies between the new plant and its existing textile operations, including technical expertise and a global sales and marketing network.

Shrivallabh Pittie Group is a leading textile manufacturer with substantial presence in the Indian textile sector, operating in 13 locations. According to its website, the company manufactures polyester and cotton blended yarn, and has a manufacturing capacity of 140,000 spindles.

"We believe there is a significant market opportunity for yarn manufacturing in Georgia due to a skilled local workforce, proximity to high-quality cotton fibre, the economical supply and reliability of power and world-class infrastructure to international markets," explained Vinod Pittie, chairman of Shrivallabh Pittie Group.

The Group received assistance for its new facility from the Screven County Development Authority and Wylly Harrison, project manager at Georgia Department of Economic Development.