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Crailair to ramp up flax fiber production at S.C. plant

Staff Report
Published Nov. 28, 2012

Crailar Technologies has set Dec. 17 as the date to commission its first full-scale manufacturing facility for flax fiber, located in the Florence County town of Pamplico.

Currently, Crailar is supplying the product to HanesBrands, Target, Georgia-Pacific and others.

"We are pleased to be on schedule with the timeline we put forth in October, and thrilled to turn the power on and move into production before the end of the year," said Ken Barker, CEO of Crailar, based in Victoria, B.C., and Portland, Ore. "This milestone will put us on course for significant developments for Crailar Flax Fiber and its global brand partners in 2013."

The company, formerly known as Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc., plans to phase its output at the facility beginning with an anticipated 150,000 pounds per week in January, increasing to 300,000 pounds weekly in February. Production is expected to level off at 450,000 pounds per week for most of the year.

By the end of 2013, Crailar anticipates expanding production capacity to 600,000 pounds per week, and reach a total capacity of more than 1 million pounds by the end of December 2013.

Crailar’s operations are in a 143,500-square-foot facility that formerly housed Delta Mills. The company said its $8 million investment will create 25 jobs.