Representing another spark in an explosion of U.S. manufacturing within the Carolinas, MMI Textiles announced a major expansion of its North Carolina operations. MMI, a global diversified supplier of industrial and custom fabrics and textile components with military, tactical, medical, commercial and apparel expertise, is opening a 30,000-square-foot production facility in Lenoir, N.C. that will begin producing select narrow fabrics during the first quarter of 2021.
The new facility will be focused on manufacturing and printing narrow fabrics, including a full line of mil-spec webbing and binding tape products. The main driver behind the new operation is MMI’s CTEdge Printed Narrow Fabrics that use patented technology to give the border of webbing and binding tape a more concealed edge, since it is woven with different color threads that allow it to blend into the materials behind it. This product line has seen momentous growth during the last few years with sales on a global scale and multiple international distributors, said MMI.
“Our new facility reflects MMI’s commitment to deliver the best quality products within the best possible lead times,” explained MMI president and founder Amy Bircher. “In addition to the investment in a new manufacturing facility, new equipment and new personnel, we have aligned with Mikan Printing, our existing print partner, to ensure quality control and timely delivery.”
MMI will hire new staff and acquire new equipment in Lenoir to ensure better control of the manufacturing process for this line. The new facility will house both MMI Textiles’ new manufacturing facility and Mikan’s print facility under one roof.
“We believe this significant investment – especially at a time when businesses around the globe are being challenged as never before – demonstrates our agility as an always-on, end-to-end provider and producer of innovative customer solutions,” said Bircher
The new MMI Textiles manufacturing and print facility will be integrated under one roof to ensure efficiencies and consistencies. All sales and customer service transactions will continue to be handled through existing channels.