Advanced Textile Manufacturers Opt for Columbus County

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The Southeast Region’s efforts to attract advanced textile manufacturers continue to yield results as Discovery Textiles, the developer of an innovative new line of hospital bedsheets, has taken over a 6,000 sq.-ft. production bay at the Tabor City Small Business Development Center. The family-owned firm launched its manufacturing operations there after honing its product design at an R&D facility in the nearby community of Delco.

In launching its Tabor City production site, Discovery Textiles worked closely with North Carolina’s Southeast Commission leaders, who had assisted the firm when it was ramping up R&D efforts in the region in 2010. Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation also played a key role in keeping the company in Columbus County. The coop’s economic development adjunct, the Rural Consumer Services Corporation (RCSC), linked Discovery to a $250,000 loan needed to acquire its initial piece of production equipment.  “The folks at Brunswick Electric really helped put this company on its feet,” Mr. Lanier said.

Click here to read the full story in North Carolina Southeast's newsletter, The Southeast Compass - Fall 2011.