Through a $20 million capital investment, INVISTA’s Performance Surfaces and Materials business is set to grow its Camden production facility and add approximately 50 new jobs by the first part of 2014. The company believes the investment will allow it to better serve its carpet mill customer base located throughout the U.S. as well as specifically in the southeast region.
“An investment of this size will further strengthen INVISTA Camden’s position as the preferred supplier of nylon 6,6 carpet fibers for residential and commercial end products,” said Paul Liddle, Camden site manager, INVISTA. “Our strong and skilled employment base and continued commitment to environmental, health and safety excellence have positioned our site well for this investment.”
Camden’s proximity to mill customers in the southeast U.S. was also a key factor in the decision to expand the facility’s production. Customers are expected to benefit from reduced shipping time, increased order flexibility, reduced lead-time for orders, as well as new product offerings.
The Camden investment includes new equipment and reconfiguration of existing equipment. Improvements will begin in early 2013 and are expected to be completed in the first part of 2014. New employment opportunities will be phased in during the course of the investment.
“Delivering increased value and improving customer service are two key elements of this investment,” said Liddle. “This investment is a direct reflection of the more than 700 hardworking employees who create value for our customers, and we’re pleased to be able to add more members to the team. Additionally, we appreciate support of Kershaw County and the South Carolina Department of Commerce for this capital expansion.”
INVISTA’s Camden manufacturing site began operations in 1950. The company is one of the world’s largest integrated producers of polymers and fibers, primarily for nylon, spandex and polyester applications. INVISTA has an international business presence in over 20 countries.