BRAZIL: Fort Mill brings Frances Plant in Fort Lawn

BRASILIA: Fort Mill, S.C.-based Springs Global US, an operating company of Brazil-based Springs Global Participações S.A., is bringing its Frances Plant in Fort Lawn, S.C., back on-line to weave sheeting for its bedding products. Ted Matthews, vice president, corporate communications said here on March 16.

Springs Global Participações was formed earlier this year by the merger of home textiles manufacturer Springs Industries Inc., Fort Mill, and Brazil-based textile manufacturer Coteminas S.A., a key supplier to Springs since 2001.

According to Ted Matthews, Frances will employ 40 people who were laid off when it closed last summer in response to competitive pressures in the global textile industry. Matthews said the operation, expected to be up and running by the end of this week or early next week, will meet a temporary need for additional manufacturing capacity.

Matthews said that they need the extra capacity, possibly for up to a full year. The plant will use yarn manufactured by Coteminas in its woven products. They compared the possibility of sourcing unfinished fabric from world markets or bringing Coteminas yarn here to weave, and found we could weave it here competitively. This clearly is a benefit of the merger, which reduced internal costs.

The closing of Frances Plant last summer was part of Springs’ $10 million investment in a consolidation of operations at Katherine Plant in Chester County, S.C., that also included shutting down Elliot Plant in Fort Lawn. In all, about 250 jobs were affected by the action. Matthews said many of those laid off were able to transfer to other Springs facilities.

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Added: March 16, 2006 Source: Agencies
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