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Naturally Advanced Technologies Given Grant

The company, which produces and markets Crailar flax fiber, has been awarded $263,500 in incentives from Florence County, S.C.

Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc., which produces and markets Crailar flax fiber, has been granted $263,500 in incentives from Florence County, S.C., to be used for its manufacturing and production in the region.

NAT is opening a facility in the 143,500-square-foot former Delta Mills Cypress plant on Old River Road in Pamplico, S.C. Commissioning of the assembled equipment will commence Dec. 17. An initial $8 million investment creating 25 jobs is part of the company’s plans there. Flax, grown as a winter crop in Florence and surrounding counties, will be processed out of the new facility beginning Dec. 28.

“The region has been exemplary to deal with from state to county and we are thankful to Florence for honoring its commitment to developing the business in South Carolina,” said Ken Barker, chief executive officer of NAT.

The company has received all containers of manufacturing equipment and its engineering team is making quick progress at the facility.

Many statewide and regional economic development officials voiced their support, including South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt and Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers, Barker noted.

NAT, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Crailar Fiber Technologies Inc., has developed proprietary technologies for production of bast fibers, cellulose pulp and their resulting by-products in collaboration with Canada’s National Research Council. Its renewable and environmentally sustainable biomass resources from flax, hemp and other bast fibers offer cost-effective and environmentally sustainable processing and production, along with increased performance characteristics for use in textile, industrial, energy, medical and composite material applications.