Unifi Inc., Greensboro, North Carolina, has announced the planned expansion of its Repreve recycled-content plastic fiber manufacturing plant, which opened in Yadkinville, North Carolina, in May 2010. The expansion will increase its recycling capacity from 21,000 tons to 36,000 tons per year. The increase is being driven by increasing demand from from companies such as Ford, The North Face, Nike, Volcom and Patagonia, says Unifi.
The company says the expansion is expected to create 10 new jobs. The recent $5 million capital expenditure will bring the total investment in the Repreve Recycling Center since its opening in 2010 to $15 million.
“Expanding our Repreve manufacturing capabilities highlights our commitment to the Repreve brand and provides increased flexibility to better serve our customers,” says Roger Berrier, president and chief operating officer of Unifi. “As we bring the new machinery online, it’s clear that the increased versatility will help better position Repreve to support the growth and demand for recycled products."
The company says the largest and fastest growing segments for Repreve continue to be apparel and automotive. The expansion increases the availability of Repreve product offerings such as lower deniers that support lighter-weight fashion trends, flame retardant yarns and WaterWise color technology.
“The expansion also reflects our commitment to remain the market leader in recycled products and sustainable solutions,” adds Berrier.