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INVISTA announces $30 million expansion
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INVISTA has announced a $30 million expansion to its Kershaw County plant.

INVISTA officials announced the expansion Wednesday.

The $30 million investment at INVISTA’s fiber manufacturing plant in Lugoff will bring breakthrough technology and strengthen the site’s competitive position in the carpet fiber industry, according to INVISTA leaders. 

The new technology and equipment enables INVISTA to produce many different colors of carpet fibers in small volumes. Carpet mills and manufacturers continue to demand these small-lot products in order to produce the sophisticated, fashionable carpets that are popular with today’s consumers.   

About 100 additional, temporary jobs will be created during construction and add about 20 full-time roles once complete. Construction should be complete by the end of 2017, according to INVISTA officials.  

“This project is a significant investment, and speaks volumes to the confidence that INVISTA has in this asset and the Camden employees’ ability to successfully operate this new technology,” Steve Kimpton, Camden site manager, said. 

“The support and encouragement of community leaders was part of the success,” Kimpton added. “While the INVISTA Camden team will maintain its relentless commitment to compliance and manufacturing excellence as this project moves forward, our community can be assured that INVISTA will also continue building upon its track record of responsible corporate citizenship.”    

The variety of small-lot nylon 6,6 fibers will be offered initially under INVISTA’s Antron® Lumena™ brand for commercial applications.  

INVISTA’s Camden, S.C., site produces nylon fiber used in the manufacture of INVISTA global brands of STAINMASTER® residential brand carpet fiber as well as ANTRON® commercial brand carpet.    

INVISTA produces a number of leading brands including LYCRA®, COOLMAX®, CORDURA®, STAINMASTER® and ANTRON®. INVISTA is one of the world’s largest integrated producers of chemical intermediates, polymers and fibers. The company’s technologies for nylon, spandex and polyester are used to produce clothing, carpet, car parts and countless other everyday products. Headquartered in the United States, INVISTA operates in more than 20 countries and has about 10,000 employees. 

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