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SC: Fitesa to Invest $52M to Expand Greenville County Facility, Add 38 Jobs

17 Mar, 2016


Fitesa Simpsonville, Inc., a global leader and innovator in the design and manufacture of nonwoven fabric solutions for the global hygiene market, will further expand its existing facility in Greenville County to increase production capacity. The $52,000,000 investment is expected to create an additional 38 jobs over the next five years.

Established in 1973, Fitesa primarily serves the hygiene, medical and industrial markets. Its products provide a variety of physical and aesthetic properties, including softness, strength, abrasion resistance and sustainability. The company's Simpsonville facility, which was opened in 1990, represents one of the company's eleven plants located across eight countries worldwide.

To expand its Simpsonville operations, which are located at 840 Southeast Main Street, Fitesa is adding 20,000 square-feet to the existing facility. The company will be making infrastructure improvements and adding equipment to increase production of spunmelt fabrics.

The company expects the improvements to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2017, and hiring for the new positions will begin in the spring of 2017. For more information on the new positions, visit the company's careers page online.

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"Our mission is to be the preferred choice for the supply of nonwoven fabrics to the global hygiene industry, and to deliver high quality products with exceptional service and sustainable processes. We are pleased to continue to grow our operations here and appreciate the support of Greenville County in making this announcement a reality." -Fitesa Global Marketing Director Ray Dunleavy

"It's another great day in South Carolina as we celebrate Fitesa and its decision to expand in Greenville County. With global headquarters already established in the Upstate, this $52 million expansion and the 38 new jobs it will create further show Fitesa's fantastic commitment to our state and our people." -Gov. Nikki Haley

"South Carolina's robust manufacturing industry continues to drive economic success in our state, and today's announcement from Fitesa is a testament to that. I'm excited to see what our loyal, world-class workforce will achieve with this expansion in the months and years to come." -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

"Fitesa has been an integral manufacturing partner within the Greenville community for almost 30 years. The company's growth and continued expansion are a true testament to the County's workforce and collaborative spirit." -Greenville County Council Chairman Dr. Bob Taylor

FIVE FAST FACTS

Fitesa Simpsonville, Inc. expanding Greenville County operations.

$52 million investment creating 38 new jobs.

With this project, the company will have invested more than a half billion dollars in its Simpsonville operations.

Fitesa is a global manufacturer of nonwoven fabric solutions for multiple markets.

For hiring information, visit Fitesa's careers page online.

About Fitesa

Fitesa is a leader in the design and manufacture of nonwoven fabric solutions for the global hygiene market. Enjoying global reach from its manufacturing sites in North and South America, Europe and Asia, Fitesa employs a wide range of nonwoven production technologies to meet customer requirements for service, quality, and flexibility. Fitesa specializes in the development of innovative products, both independently and in collaboration with customers. For more information about Fitesa and its products, visit www.fitesa.com.

About S.C. Department of Commerce

As South Carolina's leading economic development agency, the Department of Commerce works to recruit new businesses and help existing business grow. Commerce has recruited world-class companies to South Carolina such as BMW, Boeing, Continental, Giti Tire, LPL Financial Holdings, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Toray and Volvo Cars and also supports startups, small and existing business, innovation and rural development initiatives. Commerce partners with the S.C. Technical College System via readySC to support workforce training and recruiting, and with the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, which provides worker training and employment opportunities within the state. IBM-Plant Location International reports in 2012, 2013 and 2015 ranked South Carolina first in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign investment. For more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com.

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