Published Jan. 2, 2013
Crailar Technologies Inc. has postponed the start date for production at its new plant in Pamplico, citing delays in work on the facility’s safety and fire protection systems.
The company added that customization to communications equipment is also being worked on in order to safely operate the production line.
"While we targeted a start date prior to the end of the year, we will not compromise the safety of our team, the investment to date or quality of product in order to meet a date that we set internally as a goal," said Ken Barker, CEO of Crailar.
The facility, which will process a fiber from flax to be woven with cotton in clothing material, should be up and running by mid-January, the company said.
Crailar said its $8 million investment in the Pamplico facility will create 25 jobs.
The 143,500-square-foot facility, which formerly housed Delta Mills, was commissioned in mid-December and full production was scheduled to begin Dec. 28.
Crailar, based in Canada and Portland, Ore., processes flax fiber to blend cotton. The material offers better wicking qualities and absorbs dye more readily, so fewer chemicals are needed, Crailar said.
Currently, Crailar is supplying the product to HanesBrands, Target, Georgia-Pacific and others.
Crailar also operates a research and development facility in Williamsburg County.