Adding to the redevelopment of the textile industry in the Carolinas, Unifi Inc. has broken ground on an 85,000-square-foot addition to its Repreve Recycling Center in Yadkinville, N.C.

The expansion of the facility will increase capacity to produce Unifi’s Repreve recycled fiber brand and other premier value-added products by up to 60 million pounds annually. The $10 million investment will create an estimated 18 to 20 new jobs in the Yadkin County area.

“We are very encouraged by the continued growth of Repreve, and the opportunities it brings for Unifi and our customers,” said Roger Berrier, president and chief operating officer of Unifi. “This investment affirms our commitment to sustainability and allows us to provide increased resources for the needs of our customers.”

The additional investment in the Recycling Center will support the growth of Repreve as a result of new and expanding value-added programs with customers and increased consumer demand for environmentally responsible products, the company noted. The state-of-the-art recycling center opened in 2011.

“Unifi’s expansion underscores its continued growth and commitment to textiles in North Carolina,” said North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory. “We welcome these new jobs and the investment in Yadkin County, as well as the continued development of North Carolina-based innovation.”

The recycling center addition is estimated to be finished next spring and is being completed by North Carolina-based Omega Construction Inc. As part of Unifi’s company-wide commitment to sustainability, the recycling center was built with environmental benefits such as skylights to take advantage of natural sunlight, energy-efficient light fixtures, low-flow fixtures for reduced water usage and building materials made of recycled content.

Adding to the focus on sustainability, a newly installed solar farm could provide about 10 percent of the energy at the recycling center. The solar farm has a one-megawatt capacity and sits on six acres of land at Unifi’s G. Allen Mebane Industrial Complex in Yadkinville.

“Unifi has been an integral part of Yadkin County for nearly 45 years,” said Bobby Todd, president of Economic Development Partnership and executive director of Yadkin County Chamber of Commerce. “We are pleased that Unifi continues to grow and bring economic growth and job opportunities to our area.”

Unifi is a multinational manufacturing company that produces and sells textured and value-added polyester and nylon yarns. Repreve is manufactured using recycled materials, including pre-consumer manufacturing waste and post-consumer plastic bottles. It is found in products ranging from apparel and socks to office furnishings, and industrial, automotive and medical applications.

For the third quarter ended March 29, Unifi reported net income of $10 million on sales of net sales of $170.5 million.

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