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Martex Expands Fiber Production

Fiber reclamation line added to Spartanburg, S.C., facility.

Martex Fiber has completed installation of a fiber reclamation line to produce additional value-added fibers for use in yarn, upholstery and automotive products in its Spartanburg, S.C., facility.

This expansion is part of Martex Fiber’s “No Fiber Left Behind” program that aims to save textile waste from landfills by ensuring that all materials purchased by the company will be recycled. Also part of the program is an additional expansion of the company’s facility in Brownsville, Tex., that will be completed within the next few months and will increase capacity by 11 million pounds annually.

Jamie Jarrett, general manager of the Fiber Division, said, “The expansion increased Spartanburg’s plant capacity by over 20 percent, further expanding our ability to create valuable outlets for the over 160 million pounds per year of pre- and post-consumer cotton and cotton-polyester textile waste that Martex Fiber keeps out of landfills.”

Martex Fiber is a leading textile recycler offering textile waste collection services, conversion into machines fiber, recycled yarn products and rag sales. It also has manufacturing facilities in Charlotte, N.C.; Lincolnton, Ga.; Honduras and Nicaragua, with administrative offices in Charlotte and Newtown, Pa. Martex has been recycling textile waste and producing environmentally friendly products since the Seventies.

“At Martex, we are in the double-green business,” said chief executive officer Rick Otero. “Our focus is on expanding a business that is sustainable economically and for the environment. Every pound of cotton textile scrap that we recycle at Spartanburg helps America avoid the environmental impact of a new pound of conventional cotton. Our recycling process uses essentially no water, compared with over 1,400 gallons per pound for conventional cotton, no harmful pesticides and no harmful chemical dyes, with significantly less energy consumption versus new cotton. We are committed to our No Fiber Left Behind vision.”

Martex has also made some changes in its executive ranks as part of its growth. David J. Kennedy has been named chief financial officer and chief administrative officer. Kennedy was previously a principal with Scale Finance and cfo and chief operating officer of Perfect Fit Industries. He reports to Otero.

In addition, Kassandra Braun has been appointed director of marketing. Braun was previously the director of design and color development for Martex Fiber’s Jimtex recycled cotton yarn division. Karl Kakadelis was appointed vice president of information and technology. Kakadelis joined Martex Fiber from Mack Molding Co., where he was the head of information management.