Published Jan. 17, 2013
Crailar Technologies said it began this week running production grade fiber at its new plant in Pamplico, following delays in work on the facility’s safety and fire protection systems.
"We have waited a long time to be in direct control of our production line from the standpoints of fiber quality, integrity and volume," said Ken Barker, CEO of Crailar, which is based in Canada and Portland, Ore.
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.
The facility processes a fiber from flax to be woven with cotton in clothing material.
Crailar said its $8 million investment will create 25 jobs.